In 2013 the Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls and Little Falls Community High School’s staff and students paired together with a plan for growing organic vegetables to serve both the Little Falls Community High School’s Vegetable Garden-to-Cafeteria program and the Franciscan Sisters at St. Francis Convent. Sister Ruth Lentner, a horticulturist, manages the Franciscan Sisters’ organic garden and works directly with high school students and their student supervisor. Sister Ruth indicated that the project essentially tripled the previous garden area.
To assist with this year’s project, Tri-City Paving, Little Falls, recently donated the transportation of four truckloads of compost to the garden area at St. Francis Convent Campus. The compost will be added to the soil of the nearly two-acre site, nourishing plants and seeds that will be planted this spring. Pictured in the garden area and near the delivered compost are (L to R) Jim Balaski, truck driver from Tri-City Paving and Sister Ruth Lentner.
Vocational agriculture teacher Doug Ploof added, “The garden project has been a wonderful opportunity to teach sustainable agriculture to our students in horticulture and plant science.”
(Photos taken by Kari Ross, Community Relations Department, Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls, Minnesota.)