Greetings from St. Vincent Mission in David, Kentucky! This is S. Ann Marie Quinn writing and sharing a bit of good news.

It is not quite summer, but so exciting to be harvesting food and experiencing new life after a harsh winter and spring. One of our community gardens has been quite innovative in their design and planning. Early in the year we talked about various educational gardening strategies, including the Three Sisters’ Garden.

What a delight to see what they created! Here are the “Three Sisters” sculptures designed and installed by students, faculty and the maintenance crew this spring.

Three Sisters

A few months later, the garden yielded half bushel peas, a peck of onions, and a peck of mint. This produce was delivered to the Fishes and Loaves Food Pantry at St. James Episcopal Church adjacent to the school. Here is Rev. Judy receiving the bounty.


Produce donated to St. James Pantry


What a difference we can make when we fully use our God given time and talents!

Below are two of my favorite books that I recommended.

Native American Gardening

Native American Gardening: Stories, Projects, and Recipes for Families Paperback – March 22, 1996

by Michael J. Caduto and Joseph Bruchac

Readers will learn about the relationships between people and the gardens of Earth, seed preservation, Native diets and meals, natural pest control, and the importance of the Circle of Life.

Keepers of Life

Keepers of Life: Discovering Plants through Native American Stories and Earth Activities for Children (Keepers of the Earth) Paperback – July 14, 1997

by Michael J. Caduto and Joseph Bruchac (Illustrator)

Through 19 Native American stories and various activities, children learn the invaluable lesson that all living things are intertwined.