Community Gardening 2015

Community Gardening – All Are Welcome!

Spring means it’s time to think about gardening! The Community Garden at St. Rita will begin its seventh season and the Garden at St. Casimir will be starting its second season. Last season we provided 702 pounds of produce for the Riverwest Food Pantry!

Are you interested in this rewarding service to our community? We invite you to come and learn about what we do in our gardens and how you can get involved. An orientation meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 22 at 6:30 pm at St. Casimir (Bremen & Clarke).  Garden prep will be on Saturday, May 2 and planting will begin Saturday, May 9.  Work continues weekly throughout the growing season (view Community Garden Work Day in events).

We are pursuing this initiative, recognizing that community gardening improves people’s quality of life by:

  • providing a catalyst for parish, neighborhood and community development
  • stimulating social interaction
  • encouraging self-reliance
  • beautifying neighborhoods
  • producing nutritious food
  • reducing family food budgets
  • conserving resources
  • providing for those who are in need of fresh food
  • creating opportunities for recreation, exercise, therapy and education

Above all, we are creating an opportunity to get involved in a hands-on way to care for God’s creation.

All members of parishes and the community are welcome. Please contact Julie Trafton, Community Garden coordinator, at, or Andrew Musgrave, Director of Social Justice Ministries and Outreach, at 271-6577 or for further information.