Posted by Bob Wicks on Oct 09, 2018

The Rotary Community Corps of Sturbridge and Southbridge is wrapping up a successful first year with their sponsored “Community Food Collaborative”.  With loving and careful attention during the long hot summer, the garden continued to thrive.  The watering team diligently ensured that the crops received enough moisture.  The team also was busy weeding, mulching and cleaning up the area in and around the garden while the organic vegetables continued growing.  

A new display case was installed on the side of the tool shed which holds schedules of the different functions as well as notices and recognition of our sponsors and donors.  Rotarians and volunteers began siding the shed to improve its appearance and they installed a new sign.  Throughout the summer, a wide variety of vegetables were delivered to the St. John Paul II Food Pantry every day they were open.  

Several weeks ago, we held a press event which was well attended and gave the project excellent exposure.  The moment of great pride was when the Pantry announced to the press that, as of that date, we had donated over 1,000 pounds of vegetables and that produce was still growing in the garden.  The Pantry has monitored each vegetable crop so we’ll have a better idea of what to plant and in what quantity next year.  We also have been adding to our ‘To Do’ list once the growing season ends this Fall.

For more information about this innovative, Rotary sponsored community project, visit the garden’s Facebook page website  Want to see the garden in person?  Send us an email at We’d be happy to give you a tour.