Friend of Cross Road,
Decker Farm, located in Historic Richmondtown, remains the oldest continuously
run family farm in New York City. In its heyday the Decker family managed to
harvest two acres of wheat, three acres of corn, and an acre of potatoes; today
it survives as a nostalgic tourist attraction. Let’s face it, as a suburb to
one of the world’s more vibrant cities, most of us would starve if we had to
grow our own greens rather than get them from the grocer.
raising squash and cucumbers is no longer a major enterprise on our Island,
raising children is. In the same way that our founding farmers had to smooth
the rough terrain, ward of vermin, and pray for rain in order that their crops
would grow, so too, we must work to provide a steady economy, a safe
environment, and a Spirit-filled community so that our families may flourish.
Since our organization was founded on Staten Island
in 1987 we have had the privilege to work along with other life-affirming organizations
in clearing the obstacles and providing a supportive environment for new
families in need.
We will be commemorating our 28 years of service
with our Garden of Life brunch next Sunday, June 7th at the
Excelsior Grand. At this event, we will be presenting our first Cardinal
John J. O’Connor Guardian of Life Award to Msgr. Edmund J. Whalen, the
principal of Msgr. Farrell High School. Msgr. Whalen, who is himself a native
Staten Islander, has worked energetically to promote the culture of life in our
community, especially among our youth. If you would like to join us please call
our office this week and ask for Janna.
While we have been fortunate on the Island to have
a relatively stable, secure, and child-centered county, we do not taking for
granted the challenges that still lie before us. I thank you for your continued
support of our work.
We hope that as we go forward, even as the encroaching
culture of death reduces the procreative dimension of family life, we will continue
to maintain that respect for life and appreciation of families that has made
our Island such a well-cultivated land for raising children.