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


 

Limited Reopening to Public

Shepherd’s Corner Ecology Center will open to the public Fridays only. Beginning on June 5th we will be open to visitors from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. This is subject to change. Our suggested donation is $2 per person.

If you plan on visiting we ask that you contact us at (614) 866-4302 or email scecologycenter@gmail.com and let us know.

Upon arriving, please sign in at the table in the foyer. Our trail marking arrows that were previously red have been replaced by blue arrows. There are meditation trail maps for use.

We ask that you wear a mask when inside the barn. While walking the meditation trail or our labyrinths we ask that you keep physically distant from those who are not with your group.

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Upcoming Programs at Shepherd’s Corner

Due to the pandemic, program platform, date, or location may change. Out of respect for each other’s health, we are wearing masks and practicing social distancing. We ask that you join us in this healthy practice when participating in on site programs.

Gardening 101: Focus on tomatoes (originally April 24th)
Friday, June 5th 7:00 – 8:30 pm: Will be held on Zoom.
Suggested Donation: $5

Registration closes 1 business day prior to this program.

Are you relatively new at gardening? Would you like to learn a bit more that might help you in your home garden? We will focus on care and maintenance of tomatoes, from transplanting methods, to trellising and harvesting. This workshop will include an overview of the basic needs of plants for at home gardening, including when to plant which crops, watering needs at different stages of development, and an overview of different common crop health problems and solutions.

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Join us on Zoom!

Join us Friday June 5th for Gardening 101: Online Event!

Gardening 101: Focus on tomatoes
Friday, June 5th 7:00 – 8:30 pm: Will be held on Zoom.
Suggested Donation: $5Zoom link: https://DominicanSistersofPeace.zoom.us/j/98922516714

Meeting ID: (needed if calling in or joining via web browser without download) 989 2251 6714

If you do not want to or can’t download Zoom as it may prompt you here is how to launch Zoom from a web browser:  https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362593-Launching-Zoom-from-a-web-browser

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About the facilitator:
Facilitated by Lainie Rini, Shepherd’s Corner’s Gardener/Farm Manager. Lainie is returning for their 2nd season at Shepherd’s Corner as the farm manager, and their 4th season farming. They’ve managed a small scale urban garden in Columbus for the past seven years with other community members, where all the food is exchanged for free. She learned how to farm on a large scale at an apprenticeship in Pescadero, CA. In addition to farming, they work with a coalition committed to ending state-sanctioned violence against communities.

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Dance as Prayer: Rescheduled for August 26th, to be held at same time.

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Eco Printing on Watercolor Paper
Saturday, May 30th 1:30 – 3:30 pm
$15 program fee

*program is at capacity: contact to be added to wait-list*

Using leaves, water, vinegar, and rusty nails, learn how to transfer the images of leaves directly onto watercolor paper. First we will arrange leaves between a sandwich of watercolor paper, and then we will steam the sandwich in the roaster for about one hour. The finished project will be a colorful, detailed print of the leaves.

*It is out of respect for each other’s health, that we are wearing masks and practicing social distancing. We ask that you join us in these healthy practices when participating in on site our programming.*

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Solstice Eve: June Labyrinth Walk
10 PARTICIPANT MAXIMUM- Registration required for walk. Please contact to be added to wait list.

Saturday, June 20th 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Suggested Donation: $5

Celebrate the longest day of the year, Summer Solstice, with the community. Gather strength in the Labyrinth before the days start to shorten in the cycle of unending flow.

*Out of respect for each other’s health, we are wearing masks and practicing social distancing. We ask that you join us in this healthy practice when participating in our programs.*

Our labyrinth is located on Wengert Road, at the second drive to the right. Please wear comfortable shoes. No previous meditation experience or experience walking labyrinths is required.

About the facilitator:
Facilitated by Joy Lawrence. Joy is a LMT & a yoga instructor.

 

Please register by calling (614) 866-4302 or through our website calendar. Shepherd’s Corner Ecology Center is an outreach of The Dominican Sisters of Peace.

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Laudato Si’ Week: May 16th- 24th

Pope Francis has invited all of us to participate in Laudato Si’ week. This year is the five year anniversary of the pivotal encyclical. Laudato Si’ centers on the intersection of social, economic, and environmental justice. Calling for each to be address so that change can be made.

This inspirational work calls us to transform our social values and take action for global solidarity.

The Catholic Climate Covenant Laudato Si’ summary and action pages have ideas you can take to help make change.

 

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Virtual Plant Sale Update

Our plants are selling fast! Orders can be placed until May 1st. Plant pick up will be Saturday May 9th.

Orders for this year’s sale have ended.
You can view available plants and place an order by following this link https://forms.gle/TdNrn86vttbzt4Kd7
More information can be found on our plant sale webpage.
If you have questions regarding the sale they can likely be found here.
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Earth Day Ideas

April 22nd 2020 will be an Earth Day like none other! This year’s Earth Day is focused on individual action, change, and projects rather than the large gathering projects that Earth Days of the year’s past have been.

Our Earth Day Idea List:

• Create a compost pile if you are able to. Composting can help reduce your landfill waste and provide nutrients to your garden & soil. https://www.naturespath.com/…/blog/the-basics-of-composting/

• Plant something! Maybe a tree, vegetable or herb garden, or even some flowers. If you can’t plant where you are, consider donating to an organization that will plant such as Arbor Day or Canopy Project.
https://action.earthday.org/donate_canopyproject

• Consider recycling more. Find more information (including where you can take things that are actually recyclable) at this link: https://earth911.com/recycling-center-search-guides/

•You can also find free recycling programs through TerraCycle for things you may be throwing away.
https://www.terracycle.com/en-US/brigades

• Reuse and re-purpose things! If you can’t and do not need something any more, consider donating the items.
https://www.recyclart.org/

• Have extra time on your hands? Perhaps try to fix that leaky faucet.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DX-OLwqFdHI

• Create bird feeders using milk or juice cartons or even pine cones.
https://boulderlocavore.com/diy-milk-carton-bird-feeders/
https://www.thespruce.com/pine-cone-bird-feeder-385750

• Make and display window signs for Earth Day.
https://www.earthday.org/act…/make-an-earth-day-window-sign/

• Buy from local farmers. For example the Worthington Farmers’ Market is open for prepaid order pick up on Saturdays.
There also may be farms local to you offering delivery of their products.
https://rb.gy/lqimmi

• Get outside if you can. Take a walk around your neighborhood. While you’re walking pick up litter and recycle what you can. You can even create a scoring system for items collected.
https://www.physicaleducationupdate.com/…/Ideas_Trash_Walk.…

• Learn about animals & plants that are native to your area. Ohio has many field guides online such as the one below.
https://wildlife.ohiodnr.gov/…/publi…/id%20guides/pub344.pdf

• Clear the storm drain in front of your house. Any debris will stop water from draining as it should and will contribute to flooding. Any trash you may find at the storm drain is in danger of going directly into waterways.

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14th Annual Farm Fresh 5K Update

Shepherd’s Corner’s Farm Fresh 5K is the main source of revenue for our food pantry gardens. For thirteen years this race has been a fun community driven event for all ages of runners and walkers. This year the onslaught of COVID-19 has impacted so many and caused life changes for all of us. The health of all of our friends & supporters is very important to us. For this reason, Shepherd’s Corner Ecology Center has decided to cancel our June 13th Farm Fresh 5K. We will miss the excitement and laughter the racers and walkers bring to Shepherd’s Corner.

The impact of COVID-19 will be felt for quite this time. We know that the need for our naturally-grown vegetables will be even greater this season. Food insecurity in Central Ohio will continue to rise. Now, more than ever, our food pantry garden is extremely important.

It is the mission of Shepherd’s Corner and of the Dominican Sisters of Peace to care for those who are in need. It would be a blessing to have you join us in our mission. If you are able, consider making a donation to support our efforts to get fresh produce into the hands of those in need. We are grateful for support as we strive to serve our community in this turbulent time.

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Plant Sale: New Date

Our annual plant sale will be held on May 9th!

Stay tuned as more information will be released soon!

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April 1st: Earth month

“Climate change is the single greatest threat to a sustainable future but, at the same time, addressing the climate challenge presents a golden opportunity to promote prosperity, security and a brighter future for all.”
-Ban Ki-moon (Former Secretary General of the United Nations)

We would like to invite you to watch the film ‘Before the Flood‘. We encourage you to delve a little deeper into the topic of our changing climate.

You can find more information on this National Geographic film here. Including a study guide and more information about the experts featured in the film.

Explore more of the films’ connection with Pope Francis’ Laudato Si encyclical.

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Finger Labyrinths for Meditation

Labyrinths are meditation tools that have been used for centuries by many societies and cultures. There are different types, but they have things in common. Unlike a maze there is only one way into the center (and one one way out). The path of the labyrinth often symbolizes a journey. Some are large enough to physically walk but some are not. Even a finger labyrinth can help us find calm and become more relaxed.

Image of a labyrinth. A winding path used for meditation as there is one way into the center and one way out.

We encourage you to use this labyrinth as a way to find calm in this tumultuous time. Print, download, or take a screen shot of the image and follow it with your finger.

Steps:
1. Start by taking deep breaths, to help bring focus and to relax. Find a poem, mediation, or scripture verse that you would like to focus on for your ‘walk’.
2. Choose either your dominant pointer finger (or non dominant if you want to use even more focus). You can also use a pen, pencil, or other implement to ‘walk’ the labyrinth.
3. Slowly and intentionally trace the path. Just as you might walk a labyrinth, you can take the tracing at your own speed.
4. Once you reach the center, take time to relax. Focus on your breathing.
5. Retrace your way out of the labyrinth. Again, at your own pace.
6. Breath, relax and consider how you are feeling when you have retraced your way out of the labyrinth.

Additional free printable labyrinths and more information: https://www.relax4life.com/download-paper-finger-labyrinths/

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Closed To The Public

Shepherd’s Corner Ecology Center is currently closed to the public. Our programs through the beginning of April have been cancelled. We will reopen to visitors when it is safe to do so.
 
If you have questions or concerns you can reach us at (614) 866-4302
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