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In March 2016, Saint Mark’s broke ground on a new Urban Garden, which borders 10th Avenue and sits adjacent to Leffler House. The garden is now thriving with a variety of plants and produce, thanks in large part to the leadership of ministry leader Brian Sellers-Petersen. Sellers-Petersen has said that church gardens are “an additional Sunday school classroom. Everything you need to know about God and Christianity you can learn in a garden.” There are lessons about stewardship, creation, care, death and resurrection in these sacred green spaces.

Roll up your sleeves and put your hands in the dirt! If you’d like to learn more about working in Saint Mark’s Urban Garden, contact Brian Sellers-Petersen.

Saint Mark’s also continues to maintain a Kitchen Garden, which sits adjacent to the Cathedral House, and provides produce for the Noel House Shelter-a program in which Saint Mark’s houses as many as thirty women on weeknights. To volunteer in the Kitchen Garden, contact Carolyn White.

Saint Mark’s also recently began housing honey bees on the rooftop of the Cathedral House. Some 20,000 bees took up residence in April, and have been buzzing about, pollinating and making honey in their new home since. Saint Mark’s will sell honey in the Cathedral Shop sometime this fall, and proceeds will go back to funding the project. Leaders Brian Sellers-Petersen and Cait Platz have obtained apprentice certification from the Washington State Master Beekeepers Association, and are ready to educate any interested community members who wish to participate!
To learn more or become a part of this work at Saint Mark’s, contact Brian Sellers Petersen.

Episcopal News Service published an article on the Urban Gardens at Saint Mark’s. Thanks to ENS reporter Mary Frances Schjonberg for this coverage. You can read the story here.

Episcopal News Service also published an article about Saint Mark’s Bee Ministry. Read it here.