See what’s happening at Shepherd’s Corner! If you have any questions, please contact us at 614-866-4302 or You can also check out our Calendar to learn about up and coming programs and events.


Join Us By Become Our Partner

We need you to become our partner. Join us in our mission by donating though our Annual Appeal. Any amount is graciously accepted and will be of great benefit to our nonprofit work. Your donation help us impact more lives through education and by providing access to fresh produce to those in need.

September 5, 2018  Dear supporter,   Thank you for your faithful support of our mission at Shepherd's Corner Ecology Center. As a small corner of creation committed to providing people of all ages and backgrounds an opportunity to rediscover the life-giving harmony between themselves and the land, we rely on donations from individuals like yourself.     We invite you to partner with us in continuing this mission to help others recognize and respect the dignity of all creation. We are asking for your help so that we may continue spreading the knowledge of Care for Creation in a manner that nurtures the future of the whole Earth community.  Join us in experiencing the joys and responsibilities of caring for land, life, and spirit, inspiring others to become shepherds of creation in their own corners of the world. Your donation will help educate all ages, fund programming, maintain the bio-diversity of the land, feed our animals, as well as nourish our local community through our Feed the Hungry food pantry garden. The garden provides seasonal naturally-grown vegetables to the Griffin Center at Christ the King Church, HEART in Reynoldsburg, GRIN in Gahanna and the food pantry at St. James Church in the Linden area.  Your donation affirms your belief that we can bring about changes in how we live on Earth including how we relate to one another and creation.    	Giving is simple. You can use the enclosed envelope to send your donation directly to Shepherd’s Corner. Or you can visit our website, where you can find a secure Annual Appeal donation page for donations made with a credit, debit card, or electronic check.
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You can donate in honor or memory of a loved one. Donations can be earmarked so that you are supporting the ministry that you are the most passionate about. All donations are tax deductible and will receive an acknowledgement from the Dominican Sisters of Peace.  As 2019 approaches, we look not only back at what we have accomplished but forward to the impact that will be made with your donation for our ministry at Shepherd’s Corner Ecology Center. Your gift will be instrumental in our commitment to lessen hunger, provide environmental education, and connect more individuals with the beauty of Creation.    With heartfelt thanks and gratitude for your support,       Sister Rose Ann Van Buren, OP,  and the Shepherd’s Corner Ecology Center Staff   P.S.  Any amount you are able to give will help increase and strengthen our efforts. Just as Pope Francis stated in Laudato Si, “We must not think that these efforts are not going to change the world.” We believe what we do together will bring about change in our world and also in our daily lives and in the lives of those we love.        An Ecological ministry of the  Dominican Sisters of Peace
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September Programs at Shepherd’s Corner Ecology Center

September Programs at Shepherd’s Corner Ecology Center

Wednesday, September 5th 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Walking on the Earth
Registration closes September 3rd
Led by Andre Krevic, OP
Suggested Donation: $5

The Earth is part of creation and it needs our respect. Come find yourself grounded in the life around you and under your feet. Please wear comfortable shoes. A snack and beverage will be included.
Background: Worked in parish ministry and parish leadership for 40 years. One of her interests is quilting.

Friday, September 21st 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Equal Night Labyrinth Walk
Registration closes September 19th
Facilitated by John Seryak, Labyrinth Keeper
Suggested Donation: $5
Learning to walk with the ‘Darkness’. Our labyrinth is located on Wengert Road, at the second drive to the right. A snack and beverage will be included.
All programs have a minimum of 5 participants.

Registration for the above programs, and others, can be competed through our website calendar. Or by calling the office at (614) 866-4302.

Join us on Saturday, September 22nd for Field Day.
3rd Annual Field Day
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
$5 per vehicle

Curious about Shepherd’s Corner Ecology Center? Come and check us out! We invite you to come connect with Shepherd’s Corner Ecology Center and the community that surrounds our small corner of creation. You’ll be able to explore the gardens, take a hayride around our property, as well as walk the meditation trail & turf labyrinth. Jefferson Township fire department will be present so you can check out a fire truck up close! Local artists, including Donna Nesbitt (plein air painting) and Gail Maraman (felting), will be demonstrating their art. There will be a farm stand featuring naturally grown pesticide and herbicide free produce. We will also have some of our crafts, made by Sisters and volunteers, for purchase. This event is BYOP! bring your own picnic. We’ll have space dedicated to picnicking.

As a reminder, we are unable to accept payment via credit or debit cards.

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August 28th: Farm Stand 4-6pm

Our next farm stand will be on Tuesday August 28th, from 4:00 to 6:00 pm.

We will have kale, tomatoes (cherry & heirloom slicing), peppers (hot & sweet), eggplant, basil & other herbs, winter squash, onions, garlic, some leeks and green beans. There may be more offerings, you’ll just have to come to the stand to see!

All being sold has been grown without pesticides or chemical fertilizers, using natural gardening methods.

We accept cash and checks made payable to Shepherd’s Corner Ecology Center.


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Farm Stand: August 14th

We will hold our second farm stand on Tuesday August 14th, from 4:00 to 6:00 pm, at the barn.

We will have kale, tomatoes (cherry & heirloom slicing), cucumbers, peppers (hot & sweet), garlic, onions, eggplant, basil, and a limited amount of radishes.
All grown without pesticides and chemical fertilizers.

As a reminder Shepherd’s Corner does not take cards at this time. We do accept cash and checks made payable to Shepherd’s Corner Ecology Center.

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August Programs at Shepherd’s Corner Ecology Center

August Programs at Shepherd’s Corner Ecology Center

Friday, August 3rd 8:00 – 9:30 pm
Join us for a walk as the sun sets. Our walk will be filled with learning, activities, and observation. We may even see some of the crepuscular and nocturnal animals that live here at Shepherd’s Corner! All ages are welcome but remember to bring your sense of wonder! Please dress to be outside.

Suggested Donation: $5
Please register by August 1.
Led by Miranda Land, Shepherd’s Corner Staff

Friday, August 10th 7:00 – 8:30 pm
First Harvests at the Labyrinth
Join us at the Labyrinth as we examine and celebrate our Harvests for the year.
Facilitated by Shawn Scott and Nancy Cameron, Earthkeepers

Suggested Donation: $5
Please register by August 8.

Wednesday, August 15th 10:00 am to 11:30 am
Weekday facilitated labyrinth walk. This will meet at the Wengert Rd. labyrinth.

Suggested Donation: $5
Please register by August 13th.

(P.S. Each of our programs includes a tasty snack and beverage.)

As a reminder, we are open to the public W-F from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. We do ask that you drop into the office and let us know you are here. Suggested donation is $2 per person.

Want to register for either of these events? Call or email to let us know! You can also still register on our website however, the calendar is currently having technical difficulties that we are working to resolve.

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First Farm Stand

We will hold our first farm stand on Tuesday July 31st, from 4:00 to 6:00 pm, at the barn.

For purchase will be hot & sweet peppers, cucumbers, potatoes, onions, eggplant, as well as basil.
There will also be a limited amount of tomatillos, zucchini, eggplant, and cherry tomatoes.
All grown without pesticides and chemical fertilizers.


As a reminder Shepherd’s Corner does not take cards at this time. We do accept cash and checks made payable to Shepherd’s Corner Ecology Center.


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Farm Fresh 5K: Join us in fighting hunger.

Our 12th Annual Farm Fresh 5K is just around the corner! It will be held on June 9th with check-in beginning at 8:00 am and the race start at 9:00 am.

Whether you run, jog, or like to leisurely stroll this 5K can be enjoyed by all.

Over the past 8 years we have been able to donate over 23,920 pounds of fresh, naturally grown produce to those in need in the communities that surround Shepherd’s Corner Ecology Center. We invite you to join us this year! You can be a part of our 12th Annual Farm Fresh 5K as a participant the race or in donation.

Have more questions? Why not check out our Frequently Asked Questions to see if your question is answered there. If it is not reach out, either by emailing or by calling, and we will answer it for you. 

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Plant Sale: May 12th

This Saturday, May 12th, from 9 am to 3 pm is is our annual plant sale. All of the plants for sell are grown on site, from seed. No pesticides or herbicides have been used on any of the plants, which have been grown following organic growing methods.

At the sale the following plants can be found: slicing and cherry tomatoes, sweet and hot peppers, tomatillos, eggplant, kale, marigold, basil, mint and a limited selection of flowers and herbs. In addition to plants we will have prodcuts such as our bee smooth handcream and site made maple syrup for purchase. As a reminder, Shepherd’s Corner accepts cash and check for payment.


Tomato varieties: Amish Paste, Beefsteak, Green Zebra, Incas Hybrid, Italian Roma, Pink Brandywine, Cherokee Purple, Oxheart, Artisan Bumble Bee Blend (cherry), Sweet Million Hybrid (red cherry), Yellow Cherry, as well as Red and Yellow Pear.

Pepper varieties: Poblano, Banana, Carolina Reaper (!currently the hottest pepper in the world!), Cayenne, Early Jalepeno, Habanero, Hungarian Wax, Red Jamaican, Santaka Hot Asian, Serrano, and Thai.

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Serving with a Disability at Shepherd’s Corner

For the past seven months, I have been at Shepherd’s Corner volunteering full-time through the
AmeriCorps program. I was unsure of what responsibilities and tasks I would be asked to do but
was fairly certain that there were going to be things that would be challenging because I was
born with a disability called brachial plexus. My mother was injured when she was seven months
pregnant and the result is that five nerves were damaged in my neck. The nerves that were
damaged affected my upper body, predominately my arms. The way this injury has manifested
itself is that my arms are weak and do not straighten out all the way and over time the lack of
strength in my arms caused the tendons in my wrists to pull my hands downward so that they are
almost at a 90 degree angle. When I was young it was a bit of a challenge because I could not
learn to do things in a normal way and was faced with the task of learning how to utilize the
muscles and skills I did have to try and thrive. My family was a large contributor to my success
in learning these things and I eventually found myself to be self-sufficient.

It is a very humbling and intimate task to be asked to write about your personal physical
disability, whether or not it is available for all to see or is something you can hide quite well. In
my experience, people with disabilities generally identify that as their greatest weakness and
strength. When someone asks you “What is your greatest weakness?,” generally it is something
that you can work on improving or a skill you haven’t learned or are learning to get better at. For
a person with physical disabilities, their greatest weakness is potentially something that they’ve
dealt with their entire life and has limited their quality of life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness in
almost every imaginable way. I have attempted to be open and receptive to discussing my
disability my entire life, acknowledging its very real impact on many of the things I do. While
my disability might affect everything I do, I also recognize the fact that I have had the amazing
ability to be able to adapt. Being placed in the right situations and having the right people around
me to be able to succeed in the way my body is able to is not a chance that every person with a
disability gets.

As a child, I would have never thought that I’d find myself in any sort of outdoor environment,
even though I absolutely loved spending time outdoors. Fast-forward to a 26 year old Chris
Pedersen that found work at an ecology center after obtaining a Master’s degree and we have
quite a few interesting things to talk about. This experience has been eye-opening in several
ways. First, there is an amazing amount of meaningful work that can be done by people with
disabilities in regards to environmental care and sustainability. Second, while there are a vast
amount of things that can be done by people with disabilities, there are some things that they will
need to be assisted with and oftentimes you cannot predict beforehand which things this will
include because people adapt in ways that enable them to accomplish seemingly more difficult
tasks and struggle with what would be presumed as easy. This has been the challenge that the
staff and I have been working through as I attempt to be a contributing and successful member of
the Shepherd’s Corner team.

Maybe the most unforeseeable struggle was the harsh Ohio weather this winter and my hands
being unable to withstand outdoor work for any period of time. Because my arms are lacking
insulation of any significant form, my hands get cold rapidly and stay cold for extended periods
of time. I had not attempted to do dexterous things with any longevity during the winter before
but found even basic tasks to be challenging because of how quickly I was unable to feel my
fingers. This meant that other staff members now found themselves picking up the slack that I
was leaving for them because I was unable to accomplish tasks that I had been doing with ease
during the summer and fall. To be completely blunt, it’s always hard for me to admit defeat and
give up something. It’s also hard to know someone else is doing your job now. What this looked
like for the next several months was the rest of the team volunteering to take care of my tasks
and me doing what I was able to in the meantime.

While this outdoor experience was humbling, it was also encouraging. Even though I may not
have been able to accomplish certain tasks, I began to pick up other duties to stay busy and still
found myself to be useful and productive. I began to hone other skills that will be useful in the
upcoming months and had more time to dedicate to our upcoming Farm Fresh 5K on June 9th.
While physical disabilities may be limiting, it’s only truly disabling when individuals are unable
to function in a meaningful way. The hope for a person with a disability is that workplaces and
society evolve in a way that enable them to contribute and thrive in their setting. For that to
happen, roles must be adaptable so that people can help each other when they are unable to do
something. This is when a disability simply becomes a physical impairment. At Shepherd’s
Corner, I do not feel that I have a disability because of the way my role has been molded around
me. This has been encouraging for me and I am hopeful that other workplaces will feel the same,
not only for me but for all people with disabilities, eventually.


This post was written by Chris Pedersen, our 2017-2018 Notre Dame Mission Volunteers AmeriCorps service member.




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