See below for the newest images of activity in the garden in the 2023 season, courtesy of our newest garden volunteer and photographer, Kyle Mann. Thank you, Kyle, for capturing wonderful images of our garden produce:
See how our garden has grown with the past news and images …
Approaching the Final Harvest Video (September 8, 2021):
- Growing Surface Area = 400 Square Feet
- Soil and Compost delivered and transferred = 16 cubic yards
- Volunteer hours to prepare beds and complete planting = 65 hours
- Number of different types of vegetables and herbs planted = 20
- Number of tomato varieties = 6
- Monetary value of raised boxes = $1550
- Surface area of landscape fabric = 300 square feet
Garden Spring Video (updated June 12):
Blessing of the Garden:
Eternal Father, maker of heaven and earth, we bless you and give you glory for all the gifts you have given us. Receive all we offer you this day. Bless these seeds, and make them fruitful. Look upon our work this season, and grant that the seeds we plant will produce plentiful crops, providing food and work for many. In your love, give us favorable weather throughout this growing season. Make us truly grateful for all our gifts, and willing to share our goods and talents with others, especially those without adequate food. All praise and glory are yours, almighty Father, through your Son Jesus Christ, In the unity of the Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Three Sisters Garden Awakening Prayer:
Creator, thank you for bringing us to this beautiful garden today. Over time, you have brought each one of us along our own separate paths to have us finally gather here today for the same purpose. To honour the ways of past generations of the first peoples on this land, and how they grew their food, we are gathered here to plant a Three Sisters Garden in the way of the Haudenosaunee.
Creator, we thank you for the many blessings you have given us these many years.
We thank Mother Earth for providing us this land to plant our food.
We thank Grandfather Sun for the warm rays sent down to grow our food.
We thank Grandmother Rain for bathing our food with soft summer rains.
Creator, we offer sacred tobacco in thankfulness for your generosity.
Marsee, Miigwetch, Amen
(adapted from Darlene Lent, President of the Credit River Métis Council)