STVM Victory Garden Produces Over 190 Pounds of Fresh Food for Local Families & Pantries

Sep 11, 2019

As the growing season wraps up and we move toward fall, we are thankful for what our Victory Garden has given back in knowledge, experiences and nourishment.

Last year, St. Vincent-St. Mary and City Sprouts started a partnership that helped to create a program for education and outreach. Karen Edwards of City Sprouts Gardens managed our greenhouse and raised beds this summer. She grew tomatoes, peppers, squash, cabbage, strawberries, eggplant, green beans, cauliflower, watermelon and okra.  All of the produce was donated to local churches and food pantries. (Landing Food Pantry, Riverside Alliance Church, Elderly people in the neighborhood). To date ove 191 pounds of food have been donated.  

City Sprouts collaborated with the House of Kung Fu for five Mondays from 5:00-7:00 p.m. to host their inaugural Hall of Horticulture. The first hour was dedicated to learning about herbs and the second hour focused on learning Kung Fu in the garden.

Alyssa D'Amico managed our flowers and oversaw several U-Pick flower events on Mondays. Several people took advantage of picking a bouquet.

Karen and Alyssa were invaluable to keeping the garden growing and connecting God's bounty to the community. We appreciate their volunteer work in the Marianist spirit to connect to the community through serving the poor & marginalized through food donations and providing the flowers as a gift of hospitality.