The Garden at St. Francis had its first farm stand of the season on Sunday, providing fresh produce, honey and eggs to shoppers and congregation members who wandered in. A community-oriented, volunteer-based garden, there was plenty of available produce to go around.
The garden focuses on sustainability — no pesticides are used, and it is fertilized with compost. Bees from its honeybee hive pollinate the plant life, and produce the garden’s honey, which is sold at the stands.
The garden is run by Kristin Talbot, who grew up in Wantagh. Since last farm season, Talbot has strived to make the garden a safe space for everyone, regardless of religious beliefs or physical ability. Weekly volunteer hours at the garden take place from 3 to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays, and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays.