Community garden at St. Pat’s keeps on growing

The Oak Hill Clovers was one of the first urban 4-H clubs in Mahoning County.

The club coordinator is Kathy Abramowski and it is based out of St. Patrick Church on Oak Hill in Youngstown. Members come from the church as well as the surrounding neighborhood.

It was founded in 2008, shortly after the church acquired property on Cleveland Street across from the church through Lien Forward Ohio.

The club and St. Patrick’s Community Gardens shared the fruits of their labor at the second annual harvest celebration at the church’s garden property on Wednesday. This year’s theme was a corn roast. Last year’s theme was sunflowers.

Pat Chrystal from Chrystal’s Catering did the cooking on Wednesday, but the corn was all grown at the church’s cornfield, which is about 1 acre. St. Pat’s Gardens garden coordinator Greg Davner said the community garden is equal to about four city lots. The other garden coordinator is Yvonne Fayard.

Davner said 22 people garden in the community plot, as well as the Oak Hill Clovers, which has nearly two dozen members. Davner said this was the first year that all the spots in the garden were filled.

The community garden features a variety of vegetables, including pumpkins, tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchinis, beans, squash and peppers. And of course, corn.

In addition to cooking the corn and selling it, the 4-H club and community gardeners also plan to sell corn stalks for people to use as decorations. The money will be used to support the club’s activities.

Davner said there were nearly 100 people at Wednesday’s event, which was a much larger crowd than last year.

“I think word of mouth from last year’s event really helped,” he said.

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