December 2019 Newsletter


We are often reminded that Advent is a time of waiting, of patience; it is a time to reflect, to be silent, and to turn inward. As a farmer, I am fortunate that the natural rhythm of the seasons have this built-in period of reflection over the winter months. It is a particularly special blessing in regard to this budding ministry, which has so much room to grow after just one year of life. At times it is overwhelming looking into the unknown of the future, given the routines that have not been established, the resources that need acquiring, and the many decisions that will need to be made that will shape the character of the farm and its work. Yet I am comforted by the tremendous support from volunteers, donors, visitors and other members of the community who have helped shape this ministry and will continue to guide our work in the future. In the words of one famous prayer, I feel called to “accept the anxiety of feeling [...] in suspense and incomplete,” and “trust in the slow work of God.” So, as we come to the end of 2019, I want to thank you for being a part of this ministry as we discover together where God is leading us! 

In gratitude,

Matt Jones
Farm & Outreach Coordinator

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Year-End Campaign

We are very grateful to all those who have already donated to the farm during this year-end campaign. With your support we have raised $1,301! 
But we still have a long way to go to meet our goal, which will help us purchase seeds, tools, and many other essential farm supplies for next year. In fact, we have now created a way for you to make an even more tangible donation by purchasing items directly from our wish list, so you will know exactly where your money is going. 
Visit Our Wish List
All in-kind donations will be considered toward our year-end goal! 
Alternatively, you can make a monetary donation by mail or online, to help support our needs of larger items such as a walk-in cooler to help store harvested food until it is ready to deliver or supplies to make repairs to our red barn.

So as you are doing your last-minute shopping this holiday season, please consider helping us reach our goal of $3,136 - one dollar for every pound of food we harvested this year, so we may better serve those in need next year.
Donate Here

What's Growing

Besides our garlic bed, which we highlighted in last month’s newsletter, our bed of collards greens is the last remaining bed on the farm with active plants. Collards are very cold-tolerant plants and the low temperatures have yet to drop enough to kill them. Plants like kale and collards actually benefit from several frosts because they makes the greens taste sweeter. The starches in the leaves are converted to sugar as a defense mechanism that protects the plants against frost damage. While their growth has greatly slowed in recent months (due more to fewer hours of sunlight than the temperature), the plants are still very much alive and able to be harvested!

Food & Faith Book Club

This 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 in the library at the Shrine of St. Anthony, discussing a new book each month. This will be an excellent opportunity to learn about and explore some of the ideas inspiring our work. Below is the list of books, along with the dates on which they will be discussed:
  • Thursday, January 9 at 7pm - 8pm
    Introductory Meeting (no book)
  • Wednesday, January 22 at 7pm - 8:30pm: 
    Soil and Sacrament: A Spiritual Memoir of Food and Faith by Fred Bahnson

  • Wednesday, February 19 at 7pm - 8:30pm: 
    Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer 

  • Wednesday, March 25 at 7pm - 8:30pm: 
    Bringing It to the Table: On Farming and Food by Wendell Berry
To sign up for the book club, please contact Matt Jones at

Food for Thought

The Cold

How exactly good it is
to know myself
in the solitude of winter,

my body containing its own
warmth, divided from all
by the cold; and to go

separate and sure
among the trees cleanly
divided, thinking of you

perfect too in your solitude,
your life withdrawn into
your own keeping

--to be clear, poised
in perfect self-suspension
toward you, as though frozen.

And having known fully the
goodness of that, it will be
good also to melt.

-Wendell Berry 
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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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