opening ourselves with the hinging daylight hours

Monday, November 2, 2009

The Ecological Liturgy (faith-based) ---


A Spiritual Farmer’s Almanac and Feast Days/ A Sunday School/Schoolyard Curriculum

Center For Transformation

-- this is a work in progress, expands every year, would like to include more interreligious holidays, and more of the planting/harvest schedule, St. Days, Vandana Shiva, Judy Wicks, Leopold, Muir, Thoreau, and days of remembering TMI, Chernobyl,


Dec/January- Look at seed Catalogs with Garden Club

January--Order seeds

January--seed selection, garden plot designing, community outreach, research recipes, bird watching

Feb- 1 Celtic Spring, Candlemass-- distribute florescent bulbs

February-- prune back roses. Call Berlin Agway to tell them you are planning on buying your potatoes from them

Feb. 14-- Sacred Heart Peace Community Gathering Sunday

Feb. 15-- plant members of brassica family in greenhouse

Feb. 28-- Plant herbs in greenhouse

March 7-- Plant members of solanacea family in greenhouse

March 11-- Call Berlin Agway to see when potato seeds are coming in

March 13-- St. Julian of Norwich Day If the earth has thawed turn the soil for the potatoes

March 17-- St. Patrick’s Day Potato Planting

March 21-- First Day of of Spring

March 25-- Feast of the Annunciation-Plant your marigolds inside

April 5 (or first day of baseball) -- plant peas outside

From Ash Wednesday--Lent-- Easter--

This time fluctuates in time from year to year. Easter occurs on the first Sunday and the

first full moon after the Spring (Vernal) equinox.

April 1--- Norouz The Persian New Year is Celebrated

First Day of baseball Plant Peas for the Phillies

April 15 --plant spinach outside

April 18-- plant lettuce outisde

Aprl 22--Begin transplanting brassicas outside

April 22-- EARTH DAY!!! Center For Transformation Earth Day Sunday

May 1st- May Day- Bake a cake, plant your beans

May 5th--Cinco de Mayo: Plant corn & Popcorn, plant some sunflower seeds

May 15--Anticipated Last Day of Frost. Everything can go outside!-- St. Isadore The Farmer (last frost ranges from Mother’s Day to St. Isadore’s Day)

Pentacost-- Ladybug Release Party

Transplant solanacaes, all herbs, cucurbits

Rotate plant carrots and beans every other week for a continuous harvest.

2nd weekend in May Cape May Bird Watching World Series

May 21-- Stake tomatoes, strawberries are ready Ascension Thursday

June 3-- Mulberries ready

June 14-- Corpus Christi-- Harvest Winter Rye

June 21-- First Day of Summer-- Irises and daylillies are blooming

June 22-- first potatoes should be ready

July 23. St. Bridget (1303?-1373)

June 29th- St. Peter’s Day Fish Fry

July 4- Corn should be knee high by the 4th of July

July 14th-- Kateri Tekakawitha Day-- native Blueberries are ready

HOly Sunday’s in August--

August 1- LLamassmass-- Thresh Winter Rye

Transfiguration-- Sunflowers and seed saving, Remembering Hiroshima

Assumption-- women’s retreat and Marigolds from garden!!

Cosmic Christ-- Harvest Local Peaches, pesto making, tomato sauce, salsa

September 14-- Holy Cross Sunday-- Tomato Feast Day

Sept. 17 Hildegard of Bingen

October. 4 --- Thomas Berry Lecture Series/ St. Francis Day

Indigenous People’s Day---- plant garlic

make salsa!!!

Last Tomatoes Day

Fall- dig and divide

Popcorn has dried Festival

All SOul’s-- Poet’s Liberation Front, action

All Saint’s-- Blessing of Trees

First Sunday of advent-- blessing of expectant mothers, focus on carpools to honor Mary and Joseph’s pilgrimidge

Dec. 8th --- Feast of Immaculate Conception Heirloom Seed Blessing


Equinoxes/Solstices----- variables including fire and reading, each distinct in the spiritual groundedness within the garden

Other celebrations:

Trinity Sunday-- pretzels

St. Bartholomew

St. Fiacre-- gardening day

c andreaferich 2009 c

  • Historically Camden has been seen as an invincible city, a place where everything ranging from battleships to kitchen sinks were produced.
  • Camden had RCA and Campbell’s soup with a key location on the Delaware River 80 miles from the Atlantic Ocean helped Camden City to boom during the industrial revolution.
  • The NY Shipyard, built battleships during the 2 world wars, employing over 36,000 people.
  • Beginning in the 1960’s companies such as Campbells and RCA began to out-source, and sent their factories to other countries where they could hire cheaper labor as well facing reduced environmental regulation which allow them to make more profit through not having to filter their pollutants.
  • In 1964 the NY Shipyard which produced battleships shut-down, 36,000 people lost their jobs. This is what happens when you have an economy based on military production. (allude to Walt’s Café)
  • Also during the 60’s there were intense race riots in the city after very violent police brutality.

  • Nearly the entire business district was burnt down, and the majority of businesses that could leave, did leave. Racism greatly deepened.
  • The same was true with the residents. Every family that had the capabilities to leave Camden City, left .
  • Ben Franklin Bridge severed North Camden from the rest of Camden. At around the same time when the suburbs were being developed when soldiers returning home were given money through the GI Bill to purchase homes in homogenous neighborhoods

After decades of productivity, Camden deteriorated until it became, "America's Most Dangerous City." The dark side of the American dream, where the waste of the county goes

  • Discuss gentrification and home ownership and deed restrictions on houses.
  • Camden is one of the last urban centers in the state still suffering from a significant acreage of misused and underutilized acreage. The waterfront of South Camden is comprised of two South Jersey Port Corporations, a quasi-state agency which doesn’t pay any taxes, and the rest of the industries along the river pay property taxes on a value far below the land’s actual value
  • The taxes compounded with the loss of the residential tax base have led to spirally effects of poverty and indebtedness which make the city a vulnerable recipient to receive unwanted polluting industries, municipalities, social problems (a methadone clinic which serves 37 municipalities) and a horrific stigma.

  • State takeover—the first thing Randy Primus did when he was appointed was redline the neighborhood, meaning taking away all funding for housing . They were going to led us bleed to death.

Waterfront South suffers from numerous contaminated and polluted sites, including CCMUA the sewage treatment plant, PSE&G powerplant, numerous scrap metal recyclers and junkyards, 60,000 diesel trucks a year and thousands of diesel ships idling at the ports, and not to mention the prevailing winds from Philadelphia.

  • The city of Camden was taken over by the state of NJ in 2003. . .$275 million, mostly topdown Neoclassical development, focusing on Cooper, Rutgers, at the expense of the neighborhoods

  • The environmental destructiveness of the contaminated areas and the polluting institutions are the major contributors to the high rates of respiratory disease among the area’s residents. These institutions also grealy impact the redevelopment potential of the South Camden waterfront.
  • Once scrapmetal facilities such as these locate on land they rarelt leave or consolidate because they would then be responsible to clean up the land.

  • CCMUA-
  • Starting in 1984 54 sewage treatment plants in 37 town of Camden County were decommissioned to build one sewage treatment plant serving 500,000 people, the entire Camden County, treating 80 million gallons of sludge a daay, including both household and “pre-treated” industrial waste.

  • The sewage-treatment plant particularly the composting facility has caused horrific odors in South Camden, for decades.
  • In 1998 a resident group brought a citizen enforcement action against the facility for the odor violations, through which CCMUA agreed to do over $5 million worth of odor control updates.

  • Currently CCMUA is investing over $20million in a new approach called sludge dehydrator which expected to be completed by Spring 2010.

  • Combined sewage/stormwater.

  • Berm—
  • In 2008 the Heart of Camden completed a 2.2 acre elevated windbreak. The trees growing on this berm will grow to over 80’ tall within 15 years. The berm is strategically placed between the industries and the residents to capture particulate matter from the air.

  • Camden Iron and Metal—b The largest scrap metal operator in South Camden, this company which has two sites along the river is the worste source of environmental damage for all of the Waterfront South residents.

  • The prayer labyrinth, also known as a meditation labyrinth, is one of the oldest contemplative and transformational tools known, having been used for many hundreds of years for prayer, ritual, initiation, and spiritual growth.
  • The labyrinth is a universal symbol for the world, with its complications and difficulties, which we experience on our journey through life. The entry to the labyrinth is birth; the center is death and eternal life. In Christian terms, the thread that leads us through life is divine grace. Like any pilgrimage, the labyrinth represents the inner pilgrimage we are called to make to take us to the center of our being.
  • Poet’s Liberation Front—murals, painted boarded up buildings
  • (mention sea farer’s museum and Heart of Camden Gym)

Painted Boarded UP houses-- Poet’s Liberation Front, group of community artists

Michael J Doyle Field House

SeaFarer’s Museum, Matthew Henson

Brother Mickey’s-- Brother Mickey will be at his house

Heart’s Corp- Reynold’s House- Susan will be home It is the home of the Heart's Corps for last 13 years, home of Morning Prayer, Mother's Day Prayer Breakfast and most recently the home of the Traveling with the Turtle.

Poet’s Walk- A few years ago a human rights lawyer purchased the ruble from Jame's Joyce's house in Dublin to travel around the world and develop “seats of learning” Poets Walk hosts one of these bricks in the millstone

Greenhouse-- 10,000 heirloom seedlings a year, diversity, Julian should be at the greenhouse, Jr. Farmers, parent taught cooking classes, seed catalogues, seed saving, waterbarrels, testing soil-- lead & arsenic, history of the Emerald Street Garden, (bike pad wore through one the bike trainer, catchment system scheduled to be fixed)Certain Mushrooms break down the contaminants in the soil.

Sustainable Building-- Breadoven-- fired every Friday 3-5 pm, seed-to-table curriculum

a material called cobb (CLAY, LOAM, SAND, STRAW) LIVING roof, sedum, lavendar, sage,

Center For Transformation:

The Center For Transformation (, established in 2007, is a think tank and action arm in South Camden and the region at large for food system justice. The Center For Transformation seeks to make healthy food available to the residents of Camden through employing youth and developing their leadership capabilities through agricultural skills at our greenhouse, community gardens, and in the kitchen of the Center For Transformation, a rehabbed convent. The youth participate in a seed-to-table curriculum, which spurs their familiarity with healthy food. While making nutritious food available to the residents of Waterfront South the youth will increase the cash revenue of the neighborhood through youth-based leadership development and entrepreneurialism through sustainable development. Through the Fund For NJ, the youth will help to develop a community based food co-operative that distributes local food to individuals and groups that has been grown by the youth or other local farmers, and marketing green products to the outside community.

Center For Transformation-- Mark and other board members

Sacred Heart Elementary School-- THeresa, Janet

Waterfront South Theater- story of Walt’s Tavern, expected to be completed in December

VISUALIZE THE MAP of death and resurrection

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