The sisters have had another successful year of vegetable production in the OSF gardens, with a great deal of produce being contributed to the kitchen at the new convent for the enjoyment of the residents. Right now the sisters and their helpers, know as the “habitat healers,” are harvesting beans, kohlrabi, zucchini, green onions, cabbage, beets and leeks. The lettuce and radishes are done for the year. Soon harvest will include carrots, cucumbers, onions and more beets and beans, and later, butternut squash and potatoes.
In addition to harvest work, the habitat healers help once or twice a week to keep the garden weed free. They have been using cardboard and coffee bags donated from Anodyne Coffee Roasters in the rows for weed control.
The habitat healers also spend the Wisconsin growing months doing weed control in the perennial flower beds, the grape arbor and along the paths in the urban forest and wetlands.