Planting Seeds for Justice
Sarah Nelson has been gardening all her life. “Since I was a little girl, I gardened with my grandma and my mom & dad. Then when I grew up and was on my own with an apartment, I still kept gardening.” No surprise then that Sarah helped to start the Peace Church garden.
“For a while the Peace garden was part of Seeds of Success. After a couple of years it didn’t suit their needs, so the congregation took over the garden. We organized to grow food for CHUM. The first year, people just brought their own seedlings. Then I was able to get seedlings from ‘Growing for a Cause’ which is sponsored by Farmer Doug and Bob Olen. They donate seeds and seedlings to groups who grow veggies for the food shelves. The first year we grew 291 pounds of veggies and this past year 524 pounds of veggies were donated to CHUM.”
“Gardening is fun — there is a good core group of 4-5 people (from the Food Energy Environment Team and the Property team, and people who just like to garden) who meet about one afternoon a week to garden and chat. There has been youth involvement at times as well. Other members of the congregation have also donated seedlings and compost to the garden.”
When asked about the journey that led her to Peace Church, Sarah said that when she and her husband Joe moved to town, many people suggested checking out Peace. “Peace is such a welcoming family. There are lots of activities for kids and also
groups concerned with social justice issues.”
“Because of my medical background, I am very interested in how food and good nutrition can prevent disease. I also am involved
in the Duluth Community Garden Program, local food systems and social justice around food. It’s all interconnected: healthy bodies, healthy neighborhoods, healthy Earth.”
~ Interviewed by Lisa Fitzpatrick ~ Thank you to Pamela Mittlefehldt for editing Voices for Justice each month!