About us at the Society of SVDP/Monastery Community Gardens
A brief history of the gardens:
Founded on April 15, 2008 at St. Bernardine's Monastery, Hollidaysburg, PA.
In 2007, the Blair County Community Gardens had been located on the grounds of the Hollidaysburg Veterans Home for 32 years when it was announced that the government planned to build an armory near the garden site. Blair County Penn State Cooperative Extension Director Tom Ford and Pat Trimble, chairperson of the Master Gardener Community Gardens project, began the search for a new garden site.
The Franciscans of St. Bernardine's Monastery were approached and they offered two 1 acre plots for use as a community garden. After a few months, the new site was officially approved on April 15, 2008 by the extension office and the monastery. In the summer of 2010, the Extension Service decided to no longer sponsor the gardens.
The Friars under the leadership of Fr. Patrick Foley and Br. John Kerr, along with several Penn State Master Gardeners, launched the Care 4 Creation Initiative which included the newly named Monastery Gardens, as well as an educational component emphasizing caring for all of creation and community building events.
In 2015, the Monastery Community gardens became associated with the Society of St. Vincent DePaul as a special project and continues to donate produce to their soup kitchen and food banks as well as to many other charities..
Our mission and purpose:
Society of Saint Vincent de Paul / Monastery Community Gardens Mission Statement
The C4C/MCG project offers quality land for green produce production; seeks to donate produce to persons in need; offers presentations on the environment and sustainability; and develops and cultivates a spirituality inclusive of nature or creation, through teamwork and social events.
Three Purposes of SSVDP / MCG
The Society of SVDP/ Monastery Community Gardens is an official 501c3
located at: 793 Monastery Rd. Hollidaysburg, PA 16648
In the News:
The Catholic Register
September 7, 2015
"Care For Creation Ministry Feeds the Hungry"
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