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Sister Bridget Crisp (NZ)

Sister of Mercy Bridget Crisp of Auckland says there is a disconnect between people, the land and where our food comes from.

Food security is not just an issue in so-called poor countries. Caritas’ recent report on environmental issues in Oceania highlighted food concerns within Aotearoa New Zealand.

The Mercy Sisters’ community garden Papatūānuku Kī Taurangi – Earth Promise in Ellerslie seeks to restore people’s relationship with the land and each other, and teach the lost arts of growing food and maintaining a healthy soil.

As food has become more processed, people have disconnected from the original beauty of the product, says Sr Bridget.

“Part of what we are trying to do here is the appreciation of the land, appreciation of the food that’s growing on the land, and by doing that – it’s an appreciation of the divine.”

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