Community Gardeners

Share your harvest!
Seedling Saturday

Thank you to our gardening friends- Adeline, Leo, Henry, and Brian - and Nora, Ryan, Kyle and Courtney -  who joined Community Gardeners Pete Sluka and John Owens this past Saturday, March 9, to create window sill gardens for Seedling Saturday. Spring is near! 

About the Ascension Community Gardeners

Ascension Community Gardeners gather to plan in January, repair raised beds in March, plant seeds in April and May and harvest on Tuesdays all summer and early autumn. Produce is given to the St Martin de Porres Food Pantry. This is a fun activity for families. Contact John Owens at or 708 846-1827 for more information.


Join us again Spring 2019!

If you would like to donate your garden surplus to a good cause, volunteers from the Ascension Community Gardener group will be in the Parish Center Parking Lot and Community Garden Tuesday evenings from 6:30 pm until dusk this summer accepting donations for St. Martin’s Food Pantry.   

For more information, please call John Owens at 708 846-1827 or Ceal Bacom at 708-386-0577.

You can visit our gardens in the backyard of the Parish Center anytime and even volunteer on Tuesdays at 6:30 to pick produce (contact John Owens or just pop by). Or you can help to make our native gardens grow (contact Carolyn Cullen). 


Spreadsheet with Harvest and Donation Totals for 2018

Follow along as we track the total number of fresh produce harvested and donated each week. Each year we collect fresh produce from the gardens of parishioners and friends of Ascension, which we combine with our harvested produce to donate to St. Martin de Porres Food Pantry. Want to help? We'd love to have you join us! Contact John Owens at the email or phone number above.

Check out this spreadsheet to see how much produce was collected from 2012-2017. 


Ascension's Native Garden is a certified Monarch Waystation

Gina Orlando, head of Ascension's HOME Team (Honoring Our Mother Earth), along with Carolyn Cullen and her daughter Mary, show off the new Monarch Waystation certification sign in the parish center native garden. Its milkweed plants provide food for Monarch caterpillars and its other native plants have welcomed Hummingbirds and Goldfinches.