By Eileen Burton
Our Samaritan Garden here at St. Stephen’s provides a large amount of fresh produce to Meals on Wheels each growing season. We follow organic principles in everything we do. The fertilizers we use are naturally produced and do not require the use of climate-affecting fossil fuels to be made as do chemical non-organic fertilizers. We do not use any herbicides or weedkillers. Weeds are dealt with the old- fashioned way by pulling or hoeing and then put in our compost bins to break down naturally into compost which is used to improve the garden soil. With MOW less than 5 minutes away, we are “a garden to table” operation. Our delivery of produce to them 3 times a week requires far less use of fossil fuels compared to produce coming from much farther away.
We are part of the Pollinator Pathway program whose goal is “to create a corridor of contiguous pollinator-friendly properties” in Connecticut. We also attract bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, and other pollinators into our garden by growing flowers with lots of nectar and pollen which they need to survive during these times of climate change which can be a challenge for their very survival so that in return they will pollinate our crops.
At present we are waiting for good weather and the completion of an irrigation project before we start planting in the ground but once we get started all are welcome to stop by and visit the garden.