San Damiano House and Farm Update
Sunflowers abound at San Damiano Farm, along with restored hope and bright futures for the men who work there with Bob Conboy, the farm manager!
Since the farm opened in the fall of 2017, the men living in the San Damiano Farm House have learned how to make potting soil, how to plant flowers, herbs and vegetables from seed, as well as how to grow plants from other plants. Now, their work is bearing fruit, and they are learning to harvest, take cuttings and help customers at the weekly Farmer’s Market, which is open to the public every Wednesday from 10 AM – 2 PM at Graymoor.
The men who live at the San Damiano House and volunteer to work on the Farm, are men who have completed a component of treatment at St. Christopher’s Inn, but were in need of a safe and supportive environment to help sustain their progress in recovery. With support from the farm manager, house manager and a counselor, they gradually find their way back in to community, search for employment and eventually, permanent housing. These men also have the option to continue their outpatient treatment at St. Christopher’s Inn while they live and work on the Holy Mountain.
The farm has 240 raised beds for planting, as well as a hoop house, and lots of thriving vegetables. Recently Bob shared that by August, they will need ladders to pick the tomatoes as the vines have grown so tall and full. For more information on San Damiano House & Farm, and to see what items are available at the Farmer’s Market, please visit the SCI Website, www.StChristophersInn.org.