A Mulberry Missive

Dear Christ Church Cathedral

I write today to thank you for your Mulberry Ministry. The gnarled old tree at the northeast gate of the Old Episcopal Burying Ground demonstrates Creation's grace and generosity this year as never before.  

This tree, single-limbedly, brings joy and happy mouths to many of your neighbors for weeks each year. This year, the 16 young participants in Seedleaf's outstanding SEEDS education program and the young people in Seedleaf's collaborative camp with the Living Arts & Science Center enjoyed the luscious fruits—my favorite berry—daily, or sometimes more often.

At weekly neighborhood Cornbread Suppers, kids and adults feast on these fruits. The tree attracts neighbors to pick and taste and taste again, savoring nature's abundance and delights, boosting health in the most delicious way imaginable, exclaiming at the goodness of these fat, free, (and, of course, fat-free) berries. Surely all the berry-eaters gain peak nourishment from these tender, wild berries, which have not suffered the nutrient losses of many of our cultivated foods.

This one tree stands for what our soil and climate can produce. It inspires us to greater attention to feeding ourselves and each other from our land's rich potential. It helps us imagine a neighborhood free from hunger, rich in every good way.

This venerable tree took a big hit in a 2008 storm. Although it may not strike the casual observer as a beauty, its form and sweep grow more lovely with familiarity and time. Thank you for preserving it in place, allowing it to regrow, keeping its ministry of grace available to all.  Thank you, too, for encouraging and supporting the fledgling orchard of young fruits and nuts in the London Ferrill Community Garden. They carry forward the mulberry's legacy.

In peace,

Your grateful neighbor

PS: The walnut trees nearby are just as wonderful.

Rona RobertsComment