Presbyterians & Friends at Work
Real Food Farm, Baltimore, MD
Saturday May 17, 2014
The Mission & Witness Committee is thankful that so many LPC folks and friends drove to Baltimore and spent a beautiful May morning working around the urban farm at Clifton Park. Located in the heart of Baltimore city, the Farm is a non-profit run by Civic Works and dedicated to getting healthy food to neighborhoods that lack access to fresh vegetables and fruits. Our thanks go out to the tree-tending crew of Brenda Bengtson, Linda Duffey, Kathy Brown, Tom Chase and his friends Krishna, Raymond and Greta. Molly, the Education Coordinator, instructed the gardeners to weed and mulch hardwood trees which are used to stabilize the grounds and to do the same to the rows of fruit trees in the orchard. The always-helpful team of Kathi and Rick Stone finished building a movable enclosure for the propane tanks that keep the seedling hoop house warm and cozy.
Tyler Brown, Farm Manager, and son of Kathy & Brad, lead a crew at Perlman Place, a new farm site across from the RFF campus. Until recently it had been a vacant lot, but now it has orderly rows of fig trees and , thanks to the carpentry work of Brad Brown, Bob Duffey, Barney McCracken and Loretta Kline, there will also be 3 raised beds and a bright green RFF sign.
After a tour of the farm, everyone joined under the pavilion for a potluck lunch of delicious homemade veggie dishes, breads and desserts. The RFF staff continues to be impressed with the quality and quantity of the work that our team brings to the Farm each year. We were definitely infused with the mission spirit! Learn more at reafoodfarm.org and plan to join us next time.
CUBA MISSION UPDATE
On May 11, the Mission & Witness Committee, Cuba Mission, and interested folks were treated to a slide show featuring the highlights of the recent LPC mission trip to Havana, Cuba. We thank the congregation for their support through the annual giving campaign and weekly offerings as well as the Alternative Christmas Faire.
Brenda Bengston’s message was not only educational but a challenge to thoughtfully and prayerfully consider a new partnership with Iglesia Presbiteriana-Reformada en Guanabacoa, a church in an old colonial town in greater “Habana”. Rev. Sierra has several ongoing congregational initiatives in his small parish, including a sustainable gardening program to teach families how to grow food and manage small animals; “Amor Amor” which offers medical and educational assistance to AIDS victims and families, and the production of a tonic called “Kerygma” for arthritis and other internal problems (Ask Rev. Debbie how it tasted…) The leaders of Guanabacoa shared one of their dreams with us: a much-needed program called “Breath of Life”, to provide lunch at least once a week to the local elderly. There is already another journey being planned to Cuba in April 2015. Would you like to join us? Talk to Rev. Debbie or any member of the Mission & Witness Committee.