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November 2019 Newsletter

Hello! 

In this week of Thanksgiving, we want to express our deep gratitude to all those who have supported Little Portion Farm in our first year. Whether it be through your donations, your prayers, or your volunteer work, we greatly appreciate you joining our mission to care for our land and serve those in need. I hope you have a blessed Thanksgiving! 


In gratitude,

Matt Jones
Farm & Outreach Coordinator

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What's Growing

While several hard frosts effectively mean that our harvest has come to an end this year, the farm is anything but inactive right now. Our volunteers have been hard at work preparing our beds for next year, spreading layers of straw and compost. This thick layer of mulch ensures the soil is protected from the elements over the winter and provides food for soil microbes which will stay active even at temperatures below freezing. 
Planting garlic cloves
We recently planted a partial row of garlic, for which we will have to wait patiently for nine months until it is ready to harvest. Our volunteers also helped us prepare and plant a bed of Jerusalem artichokes (also known as sunchokes), a native plant in the sunflower family which produces an abundance of potato-like tubers. As this plant is a perennial, it will hopefully provide us with a bountiful harvest for multiple years!

End of Year Campaign

In our first growing season, Little Portion Farm grew, harvested, and donated 3,316 pounds of fresh vegetables to those in need! In order to support our work, as well as expanding the amount of cultivated land next year, we are asking for your support.

Our end-of-the-year fundraising goal is $3,316 - one dollar for every pound of food we harvested this year. Your contribution will go toward us acquiring essential farm supplies, including seeds, transplants, harvest bins, and a walk-in cooler to help store harvested food until it is ready to deliver.

During this holiday season, please prayerfully consider donating by visiting our website
Donate Here

Food & Faith Book Club

To keep our farmer busy over the winter, Little Portion Farm is sponsoring a book club centered around the topics of food, faith, and ecology. We will meet once each month from January to March, discussing a new book each month. This will be an excellent opportunity to learn about and explore some of the ideas inspiring our work. The tentative book list is:
  • Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer 
  • Soil and Sacrament: A Spiritual Memoir of Food and Faith by Fred Bahnson
  • Bringing It to the Table: On Farming and Food by Wendell Berry
To express interest in participating, please contact Matt Jones at mjones@olaprovince.org

Food for Thought

“To say grace or offer a benediction of thanksgiving over a meal is among the highest and most honest expressions of our humanity. In this act we show that we are committed to taking a humble place within the world among each other and before God, and demonstrate that we do not take our place and sustenance for granted. Here, around a table and before witnesses, we testify to the experience of life as a precious gift to be received and given again. We acknowledge that we do not and cannot live alone but are the beneficiaries of the kindnesses and mysteries of grace upon grace."

- Norman Wirzba, Food and Faith: A Theology of Eating, 236
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Little Portion Farm is a ministry of the Franciscan Friars Conventual, Our Lady of the Angels Province.

Visit us at:
12280 Folly Quarter Road, Ellicott City, MD 21042

Contact us at: 
(443) - 585 - 8005 or info@littleportionfarm.org

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