Brentwood nuns grow produce for community

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Some Brentwood nuns are volunteering their time to grow produce for their community.

The sisters of St. Joseph’s worked this year to revive 27 acres of land that have not been farmed since 1970.

Sister Karen Burke tells News 12 that the sisters of St. Joseph’s have been around since 1896 and previously farmed over 200 acres of land up until 1970 in order to feed the sisters and children attending the St. Joseph’s school.

She says that now that the farm is being revived, the sisters hope to provide produce for the community as well.

“It’s about bringing good food and good agricultural production to the community,” says Sister Karen.

Burke went on to say that their farm will also work with needy families, accepting farmer’s market nutrition program checks and other alternative payment methods.

Those who have taken advantage of the farm’s first crop tell News 12 they are thrilled with the use of the land.

“It’s like you are transported someplace else,” said visitor Jennifer Bobazilla. “Even though it’s just a couple of miles away, it's beautiful.”

The farmland is being leased to six farmers, and produces a wide range of foods, including eggs, honey and veggies.

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