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Student volunteers tend vegetable garden for free food pantry

Students from the NKU Catholic Newman Center are tending an organic garden that provides fresh vegetables for a free food pantry.

The community service project began in June when the students helped plant cucumbers, tomatoes, green beans, zucchini, squash, and potatoes in a garden plot next to the St. Vincent de Paul store and donation center in Erlanger.

They recently began harvesting some of the vegetables, which are offered free of charge at the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry for needy families.

“We have a pantry on Tuesdays and Thursdays from nine to noon where people can come here and get food,” said Carolyn Ashcraft, assistant director for assistance at St. Vincent de Paul. “We lay (the vegetables) out there and anybody who wants them can have them.”

Ashcraft said plants, seeds, compost and equipment for the garden project were donated by Tewes Poultry Farm, Fedder’s Feed and Seed, Turfway Park and Art’s Rental Equipment.

NKU students and other volunteers have been maintaining the garden through out the summer. They expect to be harvesting vegetables for the food pantry until late September.

Catherine Sosso, one of the student volunteers from the NKU Catholic Newman Center, said they’re going to recruit more members for the garden project once the fall semester begins.

“We have some other volunteers who come out, but basically they’re the main ones,” Ashcraft said of the NKU students. “It’s been wonderful. They’re a great help, and they’re very nice young people.”

Garden

Garden project volunteers from NKU Catholic
Newman Center include (left to right): Kathleen
Hillebrand, Joe Bermingham and Catherine
Sosso.