2015 A ROCHA

Thanks to the incredible generosity of the Neufeld family the 18 acres of land upon which it sits is now owned by A Rocha. This land, though which the Little Campbell flows, will be cherished, protected and preserved.

This year, through our purchase of a share in A Rocha’s Community Shared Agriculture program, Holy Trinity has helped contribute hundreds of pounds of fresh vegetables to the South Surrey Food Bank. Rather than a standard box that other shareholders would receive, each week for twenty weeks we were given from three to six boxes filled with commonly used vegetables including lettuces, onions, carrots, tomatoes, kale, celery … far beyond the worth of a standard share. Thanks to all the volunteer drivers with special thanks to Veronica and Doug Shillitto who for the last several weeks of the harvest delivered many boxes of vegetables to Umoja, a non-profit centre, serving immigrants and refugees located near Surrey Memorial Hospital.

One rather special event at A Rocha saw a table of Holy Trinity folk, including our leader Father Neil, enjoying the elegant and delectable Strawberry Tea served on the lawns beneath the beautiful firs. A few, but sadly not many, Holy Trinity parishioners attended some of the other wonderful celebrations at A Rocha – family times with fish releases, hayrides, wheat grinding, goat feeding, music, country dancing and many other healthy and educational outdoor activities for adults and children. They are fun times and encourage and support the work of A Rocha.

Respectfully submitted,
Louise Finlayson