Village News

A Village of Trees

  • Gary Dyck, Blog Coordinator
  • Executive Director, MHV
Mennonite Heritage Village

“The act of planting a tree is, yes, a simple one. But rich. Rich in symbolism, rich in personal satisfaction, rich in the exercise of responsibility.” ~ Michael Fisher, Sierra Club

At the Mennonite Heritage Village (MHV) we are happy to have trees and plants surrounding our historic buildings and algae in our pond. It is plants plus a few kinds of bacteria that provide all the oxygen on Earth. Recently, we received a grant from the federal Community Revitalization fund to plant trees. When Sheldon Falk from Falk Nurseries heard about this, he decided to double the amount and get Teen Challenge volunteers to do the planting with him! Next week we expect to have over 100 trees planted.

From Sheldon Falk: “Being Mennonite has had a major impact in moulding my worldview. In the 1920s my grandparents fled their homeland at the point of death. Their personal grappling to trust God, forgive, love, and overcome financial and emotional devastation has deep roots in my home upbringing. Our pasts affect us personally and deeply. My relationship with Jesus is rooted in what this Museum represents.

Today in community with Teen Challenge who also represent Christ’s forgiveness, love, hope, and redemption, we are giving back to our heritage and our community. We are grateful for the opportunity to contribute by doubling this grant for trees and giving of our time.”

Let me know if you are interested in watering these precious new trees so their roots can go deep. We have a pick-up truck and water tank that will need to make the rounds each week it does not rain. As Christophe DrĂ©nou said, “A tree’s future lies in its roots.” I would say the same is true for people and why we need to take care of museums like MHV.