Summer is here, and the Community Garden’s harvest of food for needy families is abundant. The Community Garden set a record last week for with its biggest single day harvest ever: 53 pounds of produce, 49 pounds of which were squash and cucumbers. Pat Kelly, who coordinates the garden, said the squash “are growing so fast, we almost need to check them every couple of days.”

Peggy Denison, a regular garden volunteer, said she loves “seeing the Earth produce” and enjoys “sending that food to people who really need it, knowing the food is fresh.”

In the last couple of weeks garden volunteers have also picked lettuce, Swiss chard, zucchini, tomatoes, green beans, garlic, oregano, basil and sage for delivery to the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle. So far this year, the Community Garden has donated more than 300 pounds of fresh produce.

The Community Garden has two main missions: to contribute to delivery of fresh food to hungry people and to provide an opportunity for parishioners to learn about organic gardening in a family-friendly, community setting. Would you like to learn more about gardening or use your garden expertise for a worthy cause? Please consider spending an hour or two volunteering with our garden community on Saturday mornings!

For more information about volunteering, contact Pat Kelly, 919-413-8833, or

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