Canada: Church greenhouse program supports migrant workers

The Huron Farmworkers Ministry seeks to take care of migrant workers. The outreach program of the Anglican Church’s Huron Diocese focuses on “immediate needs,” such as clothes and hygiene items.

“We try to provide what we call social justice – give them the minimum stuff to live, to have a good life,” said Father Luis Enrique Martinez, a priest at St. John’s Anglican Church in Port Rowan, which is part of the five-church Long Point Bay Parish.

The program also supplies food. A few weeks ago, a portable greenhouse was built on church-owned property behind St. John’s, using donations from the community and parish. “Our parish – and the community – wanted to support the program, planting food for the migrant workers and for the food banks,” said Martinez.

In garden plots and the greenhouse, cucumbers, tomatoes, potatoes, beans, peppers, watermelon, cantaloupe, and more are grown. “We expect to support at least 500 people,” said Martinez. “We also get donations from a family that has two greenhouses – whatever they have left, they are going to donate to us.”

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