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Update: CWE Farm raises $6,000 in first day of online fundraiser for area food pantries

Central West End Farm Celebrates 10 Years with

Fundraiser for Food Pantries

The online event will be held on Earth Day, April 22

The Central West End (CWE) Farm will celebrate its 10-year anniversary on Earth Day, Wednesday, April 22 with an online fundraiser to benefit local food pantries.

Arthur Culbert, Ph.D., and Nancy Culbert, M.A., are the founders of the urban farm, located at 5057 Waterman Blvd. in St. Louis. They have a goal of raising $10,000 to support local food pantries and have donated the first $1,000 toward the goal. Culbert stated that Trinity Food Ministry at Trinity Episcopal Church, Good Ground Pantry at Second Presbyterian Church, as well as Community Meal at Central Baptist Church located in the Locust Business District, will be the recipients of this fundraiser.

“Right now, our local food pantries are working harder than ever to serve the growing number of families in need during the pandemic. We can think of no better way to celebrate 10 years of serving the community and honor our mission than by bringing people together in support of feeding our neighbors,” said Arthur Culbert.

Donations to this fundraiser can be made online beginning April 22 at cwefarm.org. 

The event will continue until the goal has been reached or exceeded.Nicki's Central West End Guide Food and Drink Health & Wellness Urban Gardens  Trinity Episcopal Church Second Presbyterian Church Nancy Culbert Mary Engelbreit CWE Farm Central Baptist Church Arthur Culbert

 

For more information, visit cwefarm.org and giftgardens.org.

Contact: Arthur Culbert, 314-249-8500, or arthur.culbert@gmail.com

The mission of the Central West End Farm is to eliminate hunger within the St. Louis community by growing, harvesting and delivering organic vegetables and fruits to clients at local food pantries. Since opening on Earth Day 2011, the urban farm has delivered over 2,000 pounds of fresh produce annually to St. Louis neighborhood food pantries with the help of dozens of volunteers and supporters. Through their foundation, Sprouting Gift Gardens, the Culberts help inspire and support the development of community food gardens throughout the country and around the world.

 

The new normal: Area churches and Central Reform Congregation now streaming services

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The Cathedral Basilica, 4431 Lindell, is streaming Sunday Mass at 10 a.m.  Weekday Masses are streamed at 8 a.m. If the connection isn’t strong enough there is a link to a youtube channel on the site.

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At Trinity Episcopal Church, Euclid & Washington, Sunday services can be found on the Facebook page (you do not need a Facebook account to access).

9:15 AM: Children’s programming
10:00 AM: Pre-recorded organ music with Jeff Nall
10:30 AM: Live stream service of prayers, scripture, sermon, Eucharistic adoration, and spiritual communion on FB page. Click here to view the bulletin.
12:00 PM: Virtual coffee hour via Zoom. You can click this link to join via computer.

 

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Second Presbyterian Church, 4501 Westminster at Taylor.

A Message from Second Presbyterian: “Services for Sunday, March 22 at 10:30 am. can be found by clicking here. Please also open the bulletin so you can worship for this service by clicking here. You may want to print the bulletin out for easier use during the service.”

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First Unitarian Church, 5007 Waterman.

Sunday Service can be found on YOUTUBE at 10:00am & Children’s On-Line Religious Education is at 8:00pm.

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 Central Reform Congregation, Kingshighway & Waterman. Here is the calendar of events for the rest of this month showing streaming possibilities.Nicki's Central West End Guide Services  Westminster Presbyterian Church Trinity Episcopal Church Second Presbyterian Church First Unitarian Church Central Reforged Congregation Cathedral Basilica

photo courtesy of Westminster Presbyterian Church website

Westminster Presbyterian Church at 5300 Delmar for Sunday March 22nd
(On-line) Worship at 11:00. Please check the website for more information.

Hope these listings help. Let’s all pray for the healthcare professionals on the frontlines, many of whom live in the Central West End. We’re sending prayers to all of you. 

Founders of CWE Farm publish “A Gift Garden”

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“It’s best to take the picture while we’re harvesting,” Arthur Culbert said, as he and his wife Nancy were hurriedly picking the last of the summer’s bounty grown at the CWE Farm to benefit neighborhood food pantries. With the first frost in the forecast, there was little time to pose for photos the morning I visited to learn more about the couple’s new book, A Gift Garden. The illustrated book, which the Culberts have been working on for the past 2 years, was inspired by their experience working with all the 4th graders who have participated in the “Citizens Making a Difference” curriculum at New City School.

The book launch is scheduled for this Monday, December 10, at The Mahler Ballroom (more information follows).

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Photos above: Arthur Culbert and 4th grade students at New City School.

Arthur started the CWE Farm 8 years ago on a vacant lot in the 5000 block of Waterman (just west of Kingshighway). Over the past 7 growing seasons the farm has produced approximately 16,000 pounds of organic fruits and vegetables for food pantries at Trinity Episcopal Church and Second Presbyterian Church. Tying the farm’s mission to eliminate hunger in the community to a program for neighborhood school children where they learn where food comes from, how to plant and grow it for those less fortunate to enjoy, was a brilliant idea and what inspired the Culberts to write A Gift Garden.

“We hope that the book will inspire others and initiate a movement working together towards eliminating hunger,” said Nancy, who co-authored the book aimed at a 4th grade reading level and up. They were able to work almost every vocabulary word that New City School 4th graders learn into the story. Arthur added that Nancy brought a magical touch to the writing.

The Culberts, who have been married for 11 years, have backgrounds in the public health arena. Arthur was dean of a public health program in Boston for 31 years before moving to St. Louis 13 years ago, and Nancy recently retired after 16 years as the Director of Student Services at the College for Public Health & Social Justice at SLU.

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Central Reform Congregation and First Unitarian Church, which are neighbors of the CWE Farm, contribute vegetables from their own gardens to the CWE pantries as well. Together they have contributed an additional 1400 pounds of produce. Generous “alley” neighbors from Westminster Place have also joined the effort by contributing produce from their backyard gardens too.

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December 10, the date of the book launch, coincides with the 70th anniversary of first proclamation of the Universal Declaration of  Human Rights which in Article 25 declares that everyone has a right to food.

In A Gift Garden, 10-year-old Bea, described as a super hero, declares: “Every person has a right to food,” as she and her friends develop a project to help feed the hungry. The book’s characters decide to become citizens making a difference and work toward planning, building and growing a community gift garden.

Tickets for A Gift Garden Book Launch at The Mahler Ballroom, 4915 Washington, $25 (for soft cover book) to $35 (for hardcover edition), include a copy of the book, a CWE Farm signature drink, light hors d’oeuvres, and music. At 7 p.m. there will be a reading by the authors followed by a Q & A led by KMOV reporter Alexis Zotos. Tickets are available on Eventbrite here. A Gift Garden will be available soon at Left Bank Books.

CWE Farm is a non-profit organization. Proceeds from Monday’s book launch benefit Gift Garden Fresh Food Foundation.