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Society of SVDP/Monastery Community Gardens
A brief history of the gardens:
Founded on April 15, 2008 at
St. Bernardine's Monastery, Hollidaysburg, PA
The Blair County Community Gardens had been located on the grounds of the Hollidaysburg Veterans Home for 32 years.
It provided the community with garden plots on which gardeners could grow fruits and vegetables for family use. It had a long history and was especially popular during war years. The Blair County Master Gardeners of the Penn State Extension service gave oversight and basic information and education to area community gardeners.
In 2007, when it was announced 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 offered two, one-acre plots for use as a community garden. The new site was officially approved on April 15, 2008. The friars, under the leadership of Father Patrick Foley and Brother John Kerr, along with several Penn State Master Gardeners and community gardeners planted the first garden.
All the vegetables grown in the food donation gardens are delivered to area food distribution agencies, nursing homes, assisted living homes and soup kitchens. No agency has ever been turned away.
In 2015, the Monastery Community Gardens became associated with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul as a special project. That year was a banner year for community gardeners and the garden - vegetables were harvested and sent to our hungry neightbors.
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
Food Donation Project Gardens
The Food Donation Project gardens, under the supervision of Jim Yeager, consists of a large field garden and a high tunnel. There are plans to erect a second high tunnel in 2018. The project depends on an “all volunteer” group to prepare, plant, water and weed, as well as harvest and distribute the crops to feed our hungry community. We rely on agencies such as food banks, soup kitchens, nursing homes, shelters and churches to distribute to and/or feed the less fortunate. Thanks to a dedicated volunteer force, this worthwhile project supplied over 3 tons of food in 2017