End of Summer Blues

posted Sep 11, 2018, 4:33 PM by Carmina Chapp

Summer has come and gone. In spite of the extraordinarily wet weather, we managed to grow a few vegetables for the local food pantry in Lake-Lehman Township. Many thanks to Willow Haven Farm of New Tripoli, PA, for once again donating plants - tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, lettuce, melons, cucumbers, and cabbage., and to the Ide family for picking up and delivering the goods.  

Her shearing class has paid off - Carmina sheared three of our five sheep this year! It was a very edifying experience, even if she had to call in our sheep shearer Roger to finish the herd. Thanks, Maggie and Glenn Willis for being there to help out.

St. Therese's in Shavertown, PA, once again included us in their annual Spirit of Service Day. The crew did a fabulous job with the raised beds.  And little Lily even learned how to milk our goat Jitterbug. She was soooo excited! 

These good people of St. Therese’s have offered to throw a fundraising dinner for us at the church. We are overwhelmed by their generosity. The committee has been working hard planning the event. Tickets can be purchased ahead of time (no sales at the door) through the farm or through the parish. Email us at ddcwfarm@icloud.com, or call Terry at 570-696-1144.

It was a great summer for dyeing!  Carmina’s sister gave the farm bulk amounts of food coloring that worked well with the wool, and the goldenrod in the backyard did not disappoint. 

In the Distributist spirit of the Catholic Worker, Carmina has been helping her friend Annette start a hand-spun yarn business. Brown Eggs Yarn has just opened up on Etsy! Look for them at the Lehigh Valley Fiber Festival, Sept. 29-30. 

Once again, Misericordia University sent their freshmen out during orientation. What a crew! Tasks included painting the greenhouse and preparing the raised beds for winter. This annual event has become the highlight of our year. Go Cougars!

Fall is now upon us, and Larry was asked to teach a course at DeSales. He is traveling down Tuesdays and Thursdays. To our friends in the Lehigh Valley, say “Hi” if you see him on campus!

Send us your prayer intentions, and we will include them in our Morning Prayer. Let’s continue to pray for each other.