The following is from the most recent Little Portion Farm Newsletter. Little Portion Farm, located on the property of the Shrine of St. Anthony in Ellicott City, Maryland, is a ministry dedicated to providing fresh food to those in need while using sustainable farming methods to restore the health of the land.
In a few weeks, we will celebrate the feast day of Blessed Giles of Assisi. Blessed Giles of Assisi, a farmer and one of the first followers of St. Francis, is the Patron Saint of Little Portion Farm. With Francis, Giles served the most vulnerable. He strived to earn his livelihood through manual labor. Whatever he obtained beyond his most immediate needs he at once gave to the poor. He said: “Happiness is to do bodily labor for the love of the Most High and not to take any lesser wages than Paradise for the good work one does.”
On his feast day, Sunday, April 23 from 1pm – 4pm, the farm will be hosting a celebration. This will be an opportunity to spend time outdoors in community, enjoying good food and walking the farm – on a tour or on your own. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs, and enjoy a spring afternoon on the farm! (If you are interested in attending, please RSVP.)