Shepherd's Bounty Ministry

Shepherd's Bounty Ministry

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One of St. Bernadette’s little-known gems is the parish community garden located just past the sheds on the parish grounds. The garden is cultivated year round by volunteers who contribute the harvest to our parish food pantry. In three years, Shepherd’s Bounty has donated over 3,818 pounds — almost 2 tons! — of produce to the pantry. Approximately thirty-five families visit the food pantry each week, and we are delighted to be able to donate fresh produce to them. However, we need your help.
We are looking for volunteers to help weed and harvest throughout the year, but particularly during the summer months.
Work sessions are: TUESDAY EVENING 6:00-7:30 pm; and SATURDAY 8:00-10:00 am, or whenever you can help.
The food pantry is open Monday-Wed from 9:30 am -12:00 pm and welcomes fresh produce picked that morning or the night before.
Volunteers are invited to help out occasionally, or on a regular basis if you are able.
Also needed are grass clippings, fruit and vegetable peels, and egg shells for the compost heap. Grass clippings must be pesticide and herbicide free, and meat products cannot be used. Families may bring their donations directly to the compost pile behind the sheds.
We can oftentimes also find a home for seeds or seedlings leftover from your family garden.

For more information, or to volunteer, please contact Helen Bahr, Master Gardener, at [email protected] or 919.762.9704 or the parish office.

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“This ministry has given me a sense of fulfillment because I strongly believe that Jesus meant what he said in His Sermon on the Mount.  We are working to feed the poor.  A side benefit for me is the sense of peace I get from digging in the dirt, watching things grow and just being in that serene space.  Plus, I get to work with the nicest people in the world.”

“The garden work from planting to harvest is very satisfying when I see the results.  The food is healthy and lovingly shared with those who need help.”
“I have felt honored to work in the church garden. To be in the position of serving.  This has been a great privilege.”
 
“It’s fun to play in the dirt and raise so much good healthy food for the good pantry.”
“We have fun, it’s good exercise and, most importantly, people who come to our food pantry receive fresh produce!”

 
 
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