Why we have a garden:
Our parish uses CRS Rice Bowl during Lent to engage our community—including our youth group, religious education programs, school children, and families—in praying and learning about global poverty and then practicing almsgiving as an expression of our solidarity with our brothers and sisters around the world. This Lenten reflection has moved us into action!
We used a grant from the CRS Rice Bowl program to create a parish garden which produces fresh, organic vegetables. Dedicated parishioners provide the volunteer hours to work in the garden with the harvest going to St. Vincent de Paul food programs which help those in need.
How to get involved!
The parish garden consists of several raised beds, each one named for a Saint of the Church. There are a total of twelve beds and each one is sponsored by a parishioner/family to tend the bed for the season. If you would like to learn how to garden, compost, and/or help those in need within our local community, please join the Parish Garden crew by contacting Kris Potter or David Lester in the parish office at 360-823-2823.
History of the Garden:
The St. Joseph Parish Garden started out as an individual project under the stewardship of David Martel, a long-time parishioner and graduate of St. Joseph Catholic School. He had applied for and received 'seed' money from the CRS Rice Bowl special collection to start a garden whose harvest would go to St. Vincent de Paul here in Vancouver.
The purpose of our garden:
Now in its sixth full season (2016) on campus, we continue to reap the bounty to offer those in need fresh, organic vegetables from our garden. Along with David, a dedicated group of parishioners has been working diligently to plan, plant, nurture and cultivate the garden with the goal of harvesting primarily vegetables, herbs and flowers. The recipients of this bounty include St. Vincent de Paul (who in turn distributes to needy families in our local community), the parish hall (primarily herbs for special dinners and the Sunday suppers), and flowers for the Arts and Decorations Committee to help beautify the church liturgies.
Jesus said to them, "The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest." - Luke 10:2
The list of our garden bed saints:
St. Aloysius,St. Bernadette, St. Catherine, St. Damian, St. Edward, St. Fiacre, St. Gerard, St. Honore, St. Isidore, St. Joan of Arc, St. Kateri Tekakwitha, & St. Lawrence