FELC will be hosting community garden plots again on the Seeds of Hope Farm for the 2015 season.
Plots will be available for a participation fee for anyone interested in growing their own produce to use for themselves. FELC promotes active learning and healthy relationships with our natural environment. This extends to the community garden plots, in which we hope to give individuals the opportunity to have a hands-on learning experience. This program will continue after a successful 2014 season in which families, individuals and groups participated in the program to grow their own produce. This past season we worked in partnership with the local Master Gardeners to help teach participants and ensure they were able to keep up with their plots. We were also able to offer grant funded plots to low-income families, who may not have had access to fresh produce. We hope to offer both of these services again in 2015. Garden Plots will be available from May 1, 2015 and you can apply for a plot by filling out this community garden agreement and returning it to Jacob Clolinger at FELC, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Plots will be available in three sizes: a full plot (20′ x 30′) $100, a half plot (20′ x 15′) $50, and a mni plot (10′ x 10′) $30.
In line with their founder, Franciscans are known as the biggest proponents of Catholic ecology, but the Sisters of St. Francis in Tiffin, Ohio, take things to another level. They do this in simple, daily ways—for instance, by composting food, using energy efficient electronics and vehicles, and growing much of the produce they eat in their own gardens. But they also go to great lengths to educate others about the principles of Catholic ecology, its connection to the broader faith, and its critical importance today.
This month, Dennis Sadowski from the Catholic News Service came out to do a story on the Franciscan Earth Literacy Center. The story was posted on the Catholic Review and is available here. You can also see the video below.
Watch Sister Jane Omlor explain the straw bale house, wind turbine and solar array in a recent interview with the Catholic News Service. If you are interested in visiting the house and getting a tour, please call Sr. Jane at 567.207.5393. Tours are also available without appointment on the 2nd Monday of the month from 7:00-9:00pm.
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:
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.