Though we haven’t made a post in a while that doesn’t mean nothing has happened on the farm. Here’s a quick post to catch you all up on all the excitement. From here on out we promise to be more consistent so you can stay up to date with your favorite Lutheran Farm.
This summer our garden was incredibly productive! Blessing not only our site and guests but also allowing us a surplus of garden veggies to donate to CCLM (Central City Lutheran Mission) and to sell at Emmanuel Lutheran in La Habra.
These beautiful veggies continued to bless us well into fall! Our first hard freeze this winter wasn’t until December 2nd so up until December 1st we were harvesting buckets of tomatoes weekly!
On December 4th Mary, one of our sheep, gave birth to a beautiful baby boy we are calling Benji. This mid-afternoon birth allowed our staff and a women’s retreat group to see the lamb take his first steps.
On January 1st our other sheep Martha gave birth to a precious little girl who we’ve named Abigail. Both Abigail and Benji are social little creatures and so long as you don’t make any sudden movements they love cuddles.
This past weekend we had our first annual Luther Glen Family Winterfest and it was a huge success. So much joy radiated all throughout camp as we sang, laughed, danced, held lambs and harvested veggies!
Thank you to all of the volunteers who came out to Luther Glen last weekend for God’s Work, Our Hands and helped out on the farm! With all of your hard work we were able to plant nearly 100 trees and other various plants. That is a huge achievement
Tomorrow is the last day of August and it has us in the mood of thinking of all the kinds of “lasts” we have here. These are the last days of prime planting, the last harvests of the summer vegetables, the last bit of grain at the bottom of the bag. Beyond that there are last nerves that get tested and last tasks before the end of the day.
What we see is that “last” is such a perfect word in farming because while in one sense it means the end of something, it has another meaning – to sustain. To last for a long time is to continue. And in farming, lasting is essential.
A last seed planted is proof that there will be new growth. The last harvest is a celebration of the bounty that was and a time to prepare the soil for something new. The last bit of grain means we have livestock that are well fed.
Last nerves come from escaping goats or working dogs that want to play more than guard or rocky soil that is hard to work into what we want. But no one starts on their last nerve, so those hard tasks are proof of hard work and its unrelenting nature.
We choose to love these tasks and trials, fruits of labor and even the failures we experience. Because to “last”, any work must be done with a whole and happy heart. We love to work things to their end and then to begin again. Each season is a happy new blessing. Colossians 3:23 tells us that “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart…” and that is exactly what we intend to keep doing. That is one thing that doesn’t end.
Are you racking your brain for ways that you can help out at Luther Glen? Maybe you’re a regular follower of our blog and you’re wondering how you can give back. Maybe you love coming to camp and are always looking for another excuse to make the trip. Maybe you’ve never been before but it’s been on your to-do list. Whatever your reason – your opportunity is here! Our annual day of service for God’s Work, Our Hands is coming up and YOU can be a part of it!
In honor of the 500th Reformation of Lutheranism, we will be planting five-hundred trees, plants and much more between Luther Glen and El Camino Pines. To do that, we need your help! Come up to either site on September 9th & 10th and make a permanent mark on your favorite Lutheran Bible Camp. For more information, contact Glen Egertson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Produce is abounding this time of year, filling our kitchen and our crowds with fabulous farm fresh food. Even though the rush of summer has come to an end, the productivity of the garden is still in full swing. At the moment we are getting a lot of tomatoes, kale, zucchini, bell peppers and cucumbers. With the help of our new greenhouse we have seen a dramatic increase in the amount of crops we have harvested this summer. The seeds were given a better start away from the late season freezes that Oak Glen often experiences. With a lot of care, these seeds flourished into an incredible harvest. We never cease to be thankful for the abundance we see in our garden and on our plates.