Home gardening has become a popular initiative among households in the Philippines affected by lockdowns due to the pandemic. It is particularly interesting because Filipinos who had little or no interest in home gardening are growing herbs and leafy greens in their balconies and backyards. This is a wonderful trend that responds to local concerns on food security and opens up opportunities to transform the food system.

In his encyclical Laudato Si’, Pope Francis calls on everyone to renew their commitment to the advocacy of protecting the environment, and this includes ecological actions such as home gardening. This is illustrated in the opening paragraph where Saint Francis of Assisi’s beautiful canticle is quoted: “Praise be to you, my Lord, through our Sister, Mother Earth, who sustains and governs us, and who produces various fruit with coloured flowers and herbs.”

We, the ACI Sisters are also called to be on the move to care for Mother Earth as it is uniquely tied to our charism of Reparation. READ +