In the News:

"E.D.E.N. Gardens isn’t situated in the typical agricultural paradise. But last year its volunteers managed to grow 3,042 pounds of food using a church front lawn, a vacant city lot and a former zombie home site."


Read the full article in the Democrat & Chronicle (2016)


July 31, 2018

SOOP Week 3 Blog

The summer has been flying by, and our SOOP interns are just past the halfway point in their internship experience. Over the past several weeks, they’ve been shoveling, planting, learning, networking, canvassing, and forming relationships, and it’s been amazing to watch them (and our gardens) grow!


July 20, 2018

We’re approaching the end of Week 2 of the SOOP program, and SMSJ’s been through some big changes. Our EDEN gardens are growing, and we’re not just talking about the vegetables! This week, I sat down with Julian, a 16-year old drama major at School of the Arts, and Randy, a 17-year-old UPrep student, to hear about what...

July 12, 2018

It’s been an exciting week here at SMSJ! Our SOOP interns have been busy working, learning, and making new connections, and our newest garden is about to get a lot bigger. Today I’m working with Shawn, a 16-year-old student at UPrep, and Josh, an 18-year-old Edison student, to bring you this week’s SOOP update.

On Tuesd...

July 10, 2018

On Monday, July 9th, 10 teenagers from across the city arrived at SMSJ to begin their summer internship experience in our EDEN gardens. Over the next 6 weeks, our interns will be working with us to maintain the gardens and share SMSJ’s vision of a happy, healthy, connected community with our Beechwood neighbors.

SMSJ wa...

February 19, 2018

FREE School Break Program (February 19th - 23rd) 

You are invited to join us for a week of Kids' Club for children Kindergarten through sixth grade. There are some exciting program additions that we'd like to share with you. We are now calling our program “Kids’ Club Growing Academy” to reflect our commitment to healthy...

September 28, 2017

 Fifteen students from the University of Rochester gathered at SMSJ yesterday to explore environmental justice.  They are enrolled in a class entitled:The politics of Nature:  Race, Gender and the Environment.  The University is partnering with St. Mark's and St. John's to get a first hand look at how a Christian commu...

September 5, 2017

The images coming out of Houston in the wake of hurricane Harvey are frightening.

As we sat outside in the sun, looking over the lush vegetable garden at the church groaning with squash, beans, eggplant, and tomatoes, these pictures from Houston seemed surreal.  We wanted to help.  Of course the first thing we did was p...

July 20, 2017

Water is an important resource to our garden, especially in our soils. It is imperative that we water as efficiently and carefully as possible as not to waste this valuable resource. 

Here are some extra tips to help conserve water and increase hydration productivity in your garden:

1) Plant drought tolerant crops like b...

July 19, 2017

Composting is essential to our gardens and soils because it returns the necessary nutrients for planting back to the soil. When we compost we naturally accelerate fertilization in soils that may be exhausted from previous planting. 

By composting, we add organic materials to the soil which improves moisture retention, f...

July 19, 2017

Intercropping is the practice of growing multiple different types of plants together in one location. 

This method offers many benefits to our garden including:

1) Creating stability for our soils

2) Reducing the need for added chemicals and fertilizer

3) Adding to the Nitrogen availability in our soil which plants feed...

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