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July 20, 2014 Issue

Father Ric Schneider, OFM, pastor of St. Mary Parish in Bloomington, is joined in the parish garden by, from left, Rita Yordy, Mary Kramp and Steve Kuhn.

The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems (More photos from the parish garden have been posted to The Catholic Post's site on Facebook.)

Parish garden project takes root at St. Mary, Bloomington

BLOOMINGTON -- Faith has long been part of the landscape at the corner of Mason and Taylor streets here. Once the site of Christ Temple Pentecostal Church, the lot is now owned by St. Mary Parish and producing a different kind of good fruit.

Not content to grow a nice carpet of grass, parishioners have planted a garden that benefits St. Mary Parish and School, as well as the community. Not only does it include flowers, but butterfly bushes and a variety of vegetables.

The idea of a parish garden was put forth by Mary Kramp in January and quickly adopted by other members of the parish with green thumbs.
β€œIt provides food for the (Loaves and Fishes) soup kitchen and the kids are involved, too. They planted some of the stuff they started in school,” said Father Ric Schneider, OFM, pastor. β€œI wanted to use the property and this is an ideal thing to do.”

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