Community Garden

The Community Garden of organic vegetables and herbs, begun in 2011, was created as a way to teach healthy gardening practices to our community while also donating fresh produce to the hungry. Several parishioners from the Care of Creation ministry began the garden after the Gulf Oil Spill, in part out of concern about the large carbon footprint of most produce that is transported for hundreds or thousands of miles. They wanted a hands-on way to help people connect with their sources of food, inspire people to try backyard gardens and grow produce without using chemical fertilizers and pesticides.

We donate our produce to Plant a Row for the Hungry at Logan’s for distribution by
Inter-Faith Food Shuttle
at various sites around Raleigh. Low-income people often cannot afford fresh vegetables or live in “food deserts” where fresh produce is rare.


We meet to work in the garden on Saturday mornings, weather permitting. Please join us to learn about and enjoy growing organic food. Children are welcome. No gardening experience necessary. We look forward to seeing you in the garden!

  • Contact: Pat Kelly, 919-413-8833
  • Time Commitment: One time, occasional, or regular.  Saturday mornings
  • Gifts: Gardening, weeding, watering, planting, harvesting, manual work
  • Family-Friendly

READ MORE: Community Garden: First Fruits

LOCATION: The community garden is located behind the log house (LaVerna House), directly across the parking lot from St. Mary of the Angels Chapel. It is accessible via a driveway at 11501 Leesville Road or from the parking lot across from the chapel.

Upcoming events are also listed in the Sunday bulletin and on our website in the announcements section 


Why Catholics Care for Creation
Top 10 Reasons to Support Organic in the 21st Century
What Is Organic Gardening?
What Is Organic Food and Why Should I Care?
Wendell Berry: The Pleasures of Eating


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