A few years ago, the staff and pastoral council of St. Charles thought about ways to truly live the Year of Mercy, a holy year declared by Pope Francis. We thought about the rural roots of Montgomery Township and the beautiful outdoor space that surrounds our church. We decided to plant a “Garden of Mercy” which would allow our community to come to together to plant and grow vegetables that would be distributed to local food banks and soup kitchens. Often, fresh produce is not available for people who are seeking assistance from food banks and many food banks like to promote healthy eating.
A small group of garden enthusiasts and master gardeners met to begin planning the garden. James Boudreau built four raised beds for his Eagle Scout award and volunteers helped mulch the garden and put a deer proof fence around the beds. This year, we are growing a variety of tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, beans, eggplant, beets, carrots, peppers and herbs. Throughout the summer, volunteers will help water, weed, and harvest and deliver the crops.
We hope to deliver fresh vegetables to Crawford House, the Hillsborough Community Assistance Network and Montgomery Food Bank.
Watching our garden grow reminds our community of our call to feed the hungry and love our neighbor. The mercy garden is a chance to provide healthy and nutritious, organic produce to our neighbors close by.
If you would like to get involved with the garden, no skills are necessary! Please contact Cathy at email@example.com