Care of all creation
As part of our mission, we are attuned to how all of creation lives and moves and has its being in God.
We commit to conserving resources and living in sustainable ways, especially when caring for our 88 acres in Baden. Earth Tones ministry is a tangible expression of the Sisters’ reverence for Earth by encouraging an understanding and awareness of God and nature.
Under the umbrella of Earth Tones, we coordinate a number of projects and programs:
Chickens for Change
Hens are part of the ecosystem on the Motherhouse ground and provide fresh produce for our Sisters and guests in our Dining Room. Eggs, a source of high quality protein, also are donated to local food banks and soup kitchens.
Bees for Beauty
In the tradition of the working farm and apiary that our Sisters operated on the grounds in the early 1900s, beehives were added to the Motherhouse grounds in 2005. The honey is used in the dining room and sold in the Book Nook gift shop on site. The remaining beeswax is used to make all-natural products, such as moisturizing cream, soap and lip balm. These, too, are sold on a limited basis in the gift shop.
Gardens for Good
Two 2,500-square-foot gardens, known as Miriam’s and Elizabeth’s Gardens, were created on the Motherhouse grounds and opened to the public in an effort to address food security issues in Beaver County. In the past three years, participants and the Sisters have donated more than 2,000 pounds of fresh produce to local food banks and soup kitchens.
Green Teens, a component of the community gardens, trains youth in sustainable gardening skills and encourages teens to develop a relationship with Earth and one another in community while addressing a major social need – hunger.
Other Earth Tones Projects
- Volunteer Work Days
- Camping Retreats
- Tree Trails
- Consultations/Presentations on Sustainability
- Nature retreats
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