The final RMC Day* of this year took place in early May. Redeemer Ministry Corps volunteer, Regina enjoyed the opportunity to do something out of the ordinary and help in Redeemer Valley Garden with Sr. Ana. The garden’s purpose is to benefit the community by growing nourishing locally-grown food, by sharing what they have gained from their labors and experiences, by education and collaboration with the Holy Redeemer Health System and other local organizations while benefiting the earth through sustainable growing practices.
The morning began with a visit with the goats whose family just keeps growing. A total of four baby goats were born earlier this spring! From there we helped to move several vegetables and herbs out of the greenhouse to an outdoor area where they would later be planted by the second graders who visit the garden regularly. Next we made our way to Redeemer Valley Garden. While there we helped to weed and prepare several of the raised flowerbeds despite a passing rain shower. After our delightful lunch break with the senior Sisters at the Magnificat Center we took a break from gardening to introduce the Sisters to the newest baby goats who were just 2 weeks old. The joy and excitement the baby goats brought to the Sisters was contagious. We concluded our day in the garden by planting some clover to serve as a cover crop in hopes of keeping the weeds at bay. Overall, the day was peaceful, relaxing and rejuvenating. It was clear how much work goes into running a garden and we are grateful to all the hardworking garden volunteers who generously share their time and talents to being stewards of God’s shared creation.
*In the spirit of fostering and deepening a sense of community, RMC members participate in an RMC Day three times throughout the year. On these days, the RMC volunteers do not report to their usual ministry sites. Instead, they are provided the opportunity to participate in days of reflection, community activities or alternative service projects.