We have many versions of Saint Fiacre, the Patron Saint of Gardeners--people who do good for our Garland Community Garden and for our community. Some, like the countless citizens who leave fertilizer, plants, tools and other garden goodies at the garden, we may never know. We just show up at the garden and lo and behold--presents that we can use to make the garden better have been left in our absence.
This morning when Jane Stroud delivered 23 one-gallon bags of greens from the Garden to Good Samaritans of Garland, she noticed in the book where people record their donations that just before us someone had donated 81 pounds in the name of Loving Garland Green. We have no idea who this person is, but one of the volunteers at Good Sam’s said he is a man who donates regularly as Loving Garland Green.
TO OUR UNKNOWN SAINT FIACRE
THANK YOU. We appreciate you. Good Sam’s appreciates you and many people in our community appreciate you and what you are doing. We will respect your apparent desire for anonymity. Until you choose to reveal yourself, we will call you “Saint Fiacre”.
SPEAKING OF THE PATRON SAINTS THAT WE DO KNOW, TWO OF THEM SHOWED UP LAST SATURDAY AND CAME BEARING GIFTS OF PLANTS AND THE SERVICE OF THEIR LABOR: Rich Resser and Alicia Carrillo.
Rich Resser and Alicia Carrillo
In addition to 34 tomato plants, 13 Jalapeno pepper plants, about 30 watermelon plant, Rich tilled up five beds and Alicia helped me plant the many plants they brought.
EVEN MORE SAINTS!
Pat Patel pulling weeds in his plot. Pat, a former engineer, helps keep our faucets in good working order.
Many Members of Loving Garland Green also qualify as members of the garden sainthood. For example, Nancy Seaberg donated 8 large healthy eggplants--now happily rooted at the Garland Community Garden. Pat Patel just this morning volunteered to repair our leaky faucet.
It takes a lot of saints to keep a garden going and even more volunteer saints at the Good Samaritans of Garland and other people in our community who donate to keep the hungry in our community fed.