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Community Gardeners

THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR COMMUNITY GARDENERS! This year more than 2,800 pounds of produce was either harvested at Ascension or donated by the community to give to St. Martin de Porres food pantry. This is the 2nd highest donation total since we began in 2012. See you again in 2020!
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.
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, 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 6:00 pm (note earlier start time) to pick produce (contact John Owens or just pop by). Or you can help to make our native gardens grow (contact Carolyn Cullen at
Community Gardeners
Harvest and Donation Totals

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 2012-2019. 

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.