Garden of Mercy

St. Ann’s Knights of Columbus Garden of Mercy

What is the Garden of Mercy?

The Garden of Mercy was established in 2016 at rented sites in Lower Macungie. The first year we rented one plot and managed to provide about 800 pounds of produce. Another partner (Plant a Row) also was started in the Lehigh Valley at the same time. Plant a Row made their first pickup at St Ann’s Garden of Mercy. We have worked together going into our 6th year with ever increasing produce being grown. Our average yield per year has grown and we delivered about 1300 pounds per year to help those in need. This year with an Eagle Scout project to build the garden at St Ann’s, a fence was constructed for our new plot which is 56 feet by 52 feet. Many hands have helped with the project. Debbie Cordes and her team planted flowers around the garden, St. Ann’s Troop 80 assisted the Knights of Columbus to build the fence to prevent deer from destroying the garden. Other parish members helped by making a backhoe available, helping to layout the plot and other tasks too numerous to mention. Our goal for this year is to produce a yield of 1600 pounds. All produce will benefit the New Bethany Ministries this year.

Click here to view the August 2021 Lehigh Valley Plant a Row Newsletter

Helping hands needed!

We are in need of volunteers to help with the weeding and watering. Contact Bruce Harvey at bruce1free@gmail.com or 484-866-5838.

Donate your excess produce!

The Garden will accept any excess produce from home gardens if brought to the Garden between 8 AM and 12 PM each Saturday during the growing season. Please place your produce in the green cooler.

We were recently spotlighted in the Plant A Row Newsletter !!!!

This week’s Garden Spot Light is on St. Ann’s Knights of Columbus Garden of Mercy at the Church of St. Ann’s in Emmaus.

The St. Ann’s Knights of Columbus Garden of Mercy was established in 2016, the same year Joseph Marlin founded  Plant A Row Lehigh Valley (PARLV).  The Knights became one of PARLV first drop off locations, and were PARLV’s first pick up.

As PARLV has grown, so has the Knights Garden of Mercy. From 2016 – 2020 the Knights rented plots at Lower Macungie’s Bogie Community Garden. The first year the Knights rented one plot (Bogie #10) and yielded about 800 pounds of produce.  Since then they have donated nearly 1,200 lbs. a year, with a record high of 1314.46 lbs. in 2018.

Last year the Knights planned on moving the garden to a location at St. Ann’s Church. Due to the pandemic, the preparation of the new garden was delayed and was not ready for the start of the season. The Knights made the decision to continue at Bogie while they readied the new garden.  An Eagle Scout project to fence in the new garden was also delayed due to the pandemic.  A temporary fence around the garden was no match for the deer, who ate the initial crops right down to the ground.

This year Supreeth Dmello completed his Eagle Scout project, which now surrounds a 56 by 52 foot garden plot on the grounds of St. Ann’s Church in Emmaus.  Many hands have helped with the project. Debbie Cordes and her team planted flowers around the garden, St. Ann’s Troop 80 and the Knights of Columbus assisted in the installation of the fence to prevent deer from destroying the garden. Other parish members helped by making a backhoe available, helping to layout the plot and other tasks too numerous to mention.

New Bethany Ministries logo

The Knights goal for this year is to produce a yield of 1600 pounds. New Bethany Ministries is the designated recipient for all of the produce from the garden. The Knights also accept donations on Saturdays between 8 am and 12 noon.

The Garden of Mercy was dedicated this past Sunday.  Perfect timing for our Garden Spotlight.

Knights of Columbus new Garden of Mercy
St. Ann's Garden of Mercy
Garden of Mercy Dedication
Bob Oberle, Mark Schaaf, and Frank Ferrandina (back)
Sean McDonnell (back) and Justin Carraro (foreground)

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