Seed-to-Feed:  An essay

I grew up in a modest home on a modest piece of land in the Chicago area.  My dad was a ‘city boy’ and my mom was a ‘farm girl.’ Each parent brought their own strengths to our home:  Dad could fix anything and mom taught us ‘seed to feed.’

Her parents lived on a small farm in Elkhart County in the same house in which my mom grew up.  Our family often traveled there so as to lend a hand with the garden work. ‘Too young’ was not a phrase we heard:  when it was time to work the garden there was a task for everyone. I remember following behind my grandpa, dropping pieces of potato into a freshly-tilled trench:  I know I was very young at the time because the image that is burned in my memory are his work boots.

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Hayley Tessier
Spring is Here!

Can you believe it’s already time to start growing plants for the summer season? Neither can we, though we couldn’t be more excited! This is the first year the greenhouse grew plants throughout the winter, and the second year it is being used to grow vegetable starts from seed.

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Hayley Tessier
What it Really Takes to Be Self-Sufficient

The current unemployment rate in Elkhart County is 2.5%. So why are people still struggling financially? “Unfortunately, just having a job isn’t always enough to meet one’s basic needs, and certainly not the needs of a family,” says Vonda Horst, Director of Financial Services at CCS.

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Hayley Tessier
Celebrating 50 Years of Hope

Church Community Services is celebrating its 50th year of providing hope to our Elkhart neighbors in need. We’ve come a long way from our little house on Benham Avenue where we focused on tutoring in the public schools, children’s camps, emergency financial services and providing a few loans to those who would otherwise not be able to obtain them. 

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Hayley Tessier