The Parkland Worker

Each Catholic Worker Farm functions independently while promoting the common practises of hospitality and the Works of Mercy (Matthew 25:31-36).  These are the particular ways in which we are distinctive:

  • We provide a primitive, quiet place for rest and prayerful reflection on the role of Christ people’s life.  Out of simple hospitality we provide basic retreat accommodations and meals for adult guests at no charge.

 

 

  • We have always worked in order to support ourselves personally.  Farming this property is one of the ways in which we do this.  To this end we raise and sell hay.  Hay allows the land to remain in permanent ground cover, building organic matter, and remediating atmouspheric CO2 with as simple technologies as we are able.

 

 

 

 

  • haskap_berry_1We grow food in order to feed the hungry.  We tend gardens, and apple, haskap, and dwarf sour cherry orchards.   We work as a community to pick and distribute this food for free to those who have less access to the necessities of life.

 

  • fullsizeoutput_28fcWe weave.  We both hand weave and for the past several years we have been building a shop that houses a power loom, which will provide blankets free of charge to anyone in need.

 

 

 

 

  • P1010542We teach compassion through retreats and workshops based on Little Exercises In Learning To Live A Compassionate Life: A Workbook.

 

 

 

  • We follow the Rule of St. Benedict, the oldest manual on Christian discipleship most widely in use in the church today.  As Benedictine oblates we reflectively read scripture throughout our day and practise contemplative prayer.

 

  • We renounce all forms of violence, substituting instead the positive forms of unselfishly building community.

 

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