Day visitors to the monastery and guest retreatants might be taken aback by the sight of our orchards at this time. The monks of New Clairvaux will be planting 167 acres with walnut trees. Some of these orchards like the "John-Teresa" and "Little Flower" orchards have been around since 1960. Thus, it is a time of renewal for our orchards. These trees, like our senior monks, have deep roots. They have provided for the monastery for many years and have offered up their fruits through many long harvests. And although there might be sadness in seeing them go, the soil is, at the same time, being prepared to receive a new generation of young trees that are ready to sink their roots in order to find life-giving water that will continue to nourish them for many more years to come.
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