• Judi Rhyner

a message from the gardener

I hope this message finds all of you healthy and safe.

This has been a very uncertain time in our history, and a very difficult time for me personally. You haven't heard from me for a while, as it has been a painful time for me, and I have been unable to post for some time. On April 19, 2020 my beautiful sister passed away, after a long illness. During this time, our family has been spending time together, caring for each other, and grieving together.

My garden has been my sanctuary through this difficult time. Back in February, when we first learned about the COVID-19 virus, we felt an overwhelming need to get back to basics, scrub our original 2020 garden goals, and plant as much food as we possibly could, in every possible bed, feeling that the need in our community (in all communities) would be great. I'm so thankful that we had time to reflect on this and think about our roots 🥕 and determine the greatest need.

Fast forward to June 4, 2020....

The garden is in full growing season! 🍅🍆🥒 We have planted every possible raised bed with as much produce as we can squeeze into them, and we are going to begin adding new beds soon. #growfood #loveyourneighborasyourself #gardensforgood

The handsome guy in this picture is my nephew, Jonathon. He and my sister and brother-in-law spent some time here. Jonathon worked really hard, along side my husband, getting some of our beds ready (weeding!!) and planting some new tomato starts we received!! We could never make our garden a success without help from others. This includes our family and friends!! Thanks Jonathon ❤❤❤❤

As I said, The COVID-19 Pandemic has given us the opportunity to reflect on our mission 🤔 ..our original mission, which is......."Love your neighbor as yourself" Mark 12:31

These past few months when I found myself grieving for my beautiful sister who is gone too soon and missed by so many....I found comfort in my garden....I'm not sure why we sometimes think that we must be doing more, more, more, always more...when doing what is needed, and what God has directed you to do, is most important.

I most assuredly do not have all the answers, nor do I have any clue how this will all turn out, but...I'm truly grateful that God uses everything, even Global Pandemics and overwhelming grief and sorrow, for His good ❤️ "..we know that, for those who love God, all things work together for good..." Rom 8:28

Plant Dreams and Harvest Love,


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