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A Time to Grow: Lenten Lessons from the Garden to the Table

FELC Receives $10,000 Check from Sutton Bank

Sutton Bank CEO Tony Gorrell and John Schuld, V.P., Market Manager at Sutton Bank,  presented a check for $10,000 to the Franciscan Earth Literacy Center (FELC).  The funds will be used for need-based financial aid scholarships for FELC’s Summer Learning Camps, Science Days, and Seeds of Hope Agricultural Education Programs.  Accepting the check on behalf of FELC are Board Secretary Char Pope, Seeds of Hope Agriculture Program Supervisor Sr. Shirley Shafranek, Board President Tony Reser, Board Liaison Sr. Carol Inkrott, Education Coordinator Samantha Busack, and Seeds of Hope employee Clinton Kimmet.  For more information on FELC programs and scholarship availability, call 419-448-7485 or email FELC Director Mimi Johnston at mjohnston@felctiffin.org. To learn more about FELC, visit www.felctiffin.org.

Pictured (L to R): John Schuld, Char Pope, Sr. Shirley Shafranek, Tony Reser, Tony Gorrell, Sr. Carol Inkrott, Samantha Busack and Clinton Kimmet.

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Making ‘sense’ of nature—News Article

Sister Shirley Shafranek, of the Franciscan Earth Literacy Center, demonstrates sound makers such as a set of colorful plumbing pipes on the wall that sound different tones as well as a cowbell, a wash board, gourds and a tin can that make noise in the “hear” section of the new Sensory Garden. A colorful sign proclaims the garden has been established in 2020. A pond is included in the garden, and one corner (below??????) features butterfly and succulent flower beds.

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Seeds of Hope—News Article

Seeds of Hope Farm Market is back in business this year with the help of workers from Seneca County Opportunity Center.

Sister Shirley Shafranek of the Franciscan Earth Literacy Center, which operates the market, said the center received a grant from the Betty Jane Foundation this year to provide jobs for disabled people. The new employees are assisting with the market by picking vegetables and stocking the tables, and also cleaning, weeding, watering and doing other tasks.

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Sensory Garden Survey

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The new Sensory Garden at FELC is almost finished! Filled with beautiful live plants and other features, this unique, inviting space encourages visitors of all ages to explore the garden using every sense–touch, taste, smell, sight and hearing, with colorful signs to educate and guide the way. Children will especially enjoy interacting with multiple fairy gardens and visiting with the rabbits, chickens, a duck and even a small fish pond. The area also includes a new picnic area complete with new plastic lumber picnic tables, benches and sun sails. The Sensory Garden is made possible through generous grant funding by the Meshech Frost Foundation and the Foundation for Sustainability and Innovation.  All are welcome!

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