Seeds of Change Grant



We’re on a quest to grow a healthier community and need your support! Through the Seeds of Change Grant Program we aim to be chosen for one of 2 $20,000 or 15 $10,000 grants.  The first stage of the grant process is to get your support.  You can help us by following this link to the Seeds of Change grant website and voting once each day for our project between now and April 21.  At the end of the voting period, if our project is in the top 50 in the nation, we will enter the review process for the available grants.  So we ask that you support our grant submission by voting each day until April 21.  Thank you in advance for your support!

Youth Volunteers Wanted

As part of the Global Youth Service Day 2014, FELC is looking for volunteers to help construct a high tunnel hoop house, as seen in the picture above.

Join us and volunteer on Saturday, April 12 from 9a.m.-3.p.m., as FELC constructs our high tunnel hoop house.  Volunteers are needed to help put together the high tunnel in preparation to use to extend our growing season.  Pizza and refreshments will be provided.

This volunteer day project is funded by ServeOhio as part of Global Youth Service Day 2014.

For more information, or to register to volunteer contact FELC at 419-448-7485 or



Toward a Council of All Beings

FELC is co-sponsoring a program to be held at the St. Francis Spirituality Center titled “Toward a Council of All Beings”.  The program will take place from Friday, April 25 7:00 pm to Saturday, April 26 7:00 pm.

Participants will enter into group work that will allow them to hear the sounds of the earth crying and to let other life forms speak through them. Through discussions, meditation, mask making, reading, prayer and immersion into nature, all will experience consciously, both the pain and power of our interconnectedness with all life.

Join the thousands from around the world who have convened the Council of All Beings to enhance your compassion and commitment to preserve life on our home, earth.

For more information, please visit this link to see the program’s flier: Toward a Council of All Beings

Worm Bin Project

This video shows one of FELC’s school science programs in action, with students getting to participate in hands-on learning.


Click the links below to see the slideshow of this fun program:

November 2013 Worm Bin       February 2013 Worm Bin

FELC has a number of school programs which are available in our center or at any local school.  To learn more about this school program please visit the link to our school programs page.  This will give you the opportunity to view our programs for all grade levels and select one that would be best for your school.  All of our school programs align with state curriculum and are taught by an experienced teacher.

Community Garden plots available


FELC will be offering community garden plots this year, with 20′ x 30′ plots for $100 or 20′ x 15′ plots for $75.  This includes the plot use from May through October, with the FELC greenhouse also available for use.  There will also be the opportunity for basic gardening training from experienced Master Gardeners.  For more information or to request a registration packet, please contact the Franciscan Earth Literacy Center at 419-448-7485, by email at, or stop by the center to speak to our staff.

As part of our community garden project, FELC will be offering scholarships to fund participation fees for individuals or families who may not be able to afford a plot otherwise.  This will include the same size plot, training and help as our community garden plots open to the public.  FELC will fund part or full participation fees depending on the family/individual’s need.  If you feel that you fall under this category, please contact Jacob Clolinger, FELC Administrator at 419-448-7485 or to discuss this opportunity.  Likewise, if you know an individual or family that may benefit from the scholarship to cover the plot participation fee contact Jacob Clolinger or let them know about the opportunity.

To download a copy of the community garden guidelines and application form, follow the link below:

community garden guidelines

The Importance of Bees

Saturday, April 12


Nancy Grandillo will present on the importance of bees.  She will discuss how they are essential to our food systems.  Nancy will also look at native bees, as well as honeybees, and explain how anyone can help to encourage their populations.  After the presentation, there will be a chance to make some bee houses.  There will also be a time for questions at the end of the program. The program will run from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 12.  Free will donation.

Permaculture Design Course

Coming this Spring!  Certification Course in Permaculture Design.


Vince Kirchner of Great Lakes Permaculture will be leading a 72 hour course on Permaculture Design starting April 5.  The course will run over 5 weekends (April 5/6, 12/13, 26/27, May 3/4, 10/11) and will train students in the concepts of permaculture.  After completing the course,  students may use the term “permaculture” in their professional title.  The program will cost $750 with discounts for seniors, families and early registration (before February 14).  To sign up, or for more information, contact Vince Kirchner at 419-937-5978.

Winter 2013/14 Newsletter

To learn more about the latest happenings at FELC, follow the link below to view our latest newsletter:

Winter 2013/14 Newsletter

FELC’s Solar PVC Array

Check out our solar array and how it is working.

Summer Camp Pictures 2012

Science Camp Program Pictures

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