June 2020 Newsletter

In case you missed it on social media, it was one year ago this month that we planted the first plants on Little Portion Farm. At that point the farm consisted merely of two beds of tomatoes in an otherwise empty field. Now, we have 67 beds planted, two wildflower sections, and a woodchip path which outlines the shape of the farm and welcomes visitors to take a reflective walk (you can see the recently updated satelite image here).
One year ago
Earlier this month
The amazing thing is that this has all been done with wheelbarrows, shovels, and the generous service of dozens of volunteers working thousands of hours on the farm. With their help along with that of many others who have given in other ways  we have begun to transform this land into the place of abundance we envisioned it could be. We thank you for your support in our first year and we pray that you will walk with us as we continue to grow and serve those in need!

In gratitude,

Matt Jones
Farm & Outreach Coordinator

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What's Growing

Okra interplanted with nasturtiums
We’re nearing the end of the harvest of the first spring vegetables, including spinach, peas, radishes, and turnips, and quickly approaching the harvest of warm-season crops like zucchini and tomatoes. We will soon be harvesting some heartier crops like potatoes, onions, carrots, and cabbage. 
Harvesting sugar snap peas
Zucchini plants
Our wildflower section at the front gate of the farm is beginning to bloom with a beautiful range of color. Among the flowers in bloom are several types of poppies, sweet alyssum, coreopsis, false Queen Anne’s lace, cilantro, clasping coneflower and candytuft. These were planted to attract beneficial insects (such as the ladybug pictured below) to help control pest populations. 
Wildflowers in the morning sun
A ladybug attracted to the fragrant sweet fennel
If you ever find yourself with a lot of cardboard boxes laying around, please bring them to the farm! We use a lot of cardboard as a mulch material in various ways, so we’d greatly appreciate anything you can provide. The only exceptions are cardboard with a waxy surface and/or cardboard with a lot of colored ink, as these contain toxic chemicals. Cardboard can be dropped off right next to the green portable restroom. If you have any questions, you can email Matt at

Washing Veggies

Friars washing lettuce...
...and more lettuce...
... and even more lettuce!
With COVID-19, the Franciscan Center of Baltimore has not had their usual groups of volunteers, many of whom help with washing and processing the fresh food we provide to them. To help out during this difficult time, the friars have been washing all of the produce we harvest before it is delivered to the Center. Farmer Matt and the volunteers are very grateful for all their hard work!

Food for Thought

A student friar puts compost on one of the first beds last year
“The garden is our oldest metaphor. In Genesis God creates the first Adam from the adamah, and tells him to 'till and keep' it, the fertile soil on which all life depends. Human from humus. That’s our first etymological clue as to the inextricable bond we share with the soil. Our ecological problems are a result of having forgotten who we are — soil people, inspired by the breath of God.” 

- Fred Bahnson, from Soil and Sacrament: A Spiritual Memoir of Food and Faith 
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Little Portion Farm is a ministry of the Franciscan Friars Conventual, Our Lady of the Angels Province.

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12280 Folly Quarter Road, Ellicott City, MD 21042

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