Beginning in 2010, the then Deacon at our church, who is Hispanic, wanted to develop a productive and charitable activity which would involve the Hispanic community and the other communities at our two churches. He came up with the idea of a vegetable garden on the Holy Angels property. The garden was established with the help of a planning committee. We have 12 plots in production now and the 2014 season is well underway. People who rent the plots from May through November grow vegetables, herbs and flowers for their own families, and allow the garden coordinator to enter their plots and pick at will to collect vegetables and herbs for a local homeless family shelter and an elder residence throughout the growing season. The parish provides the sunny garden area, surrounded by a strong fence, convenient and efficient watering system, access to the garden from sunrise to sunset, convenient storage shed and ample parking. Gardeners who participate are primarily renters, with no space to raise a variety of vegetables, and those who have space at home but it is heavily shaded by large trees or is otherwise unsuitable for planting. Since 2010, parishioners and community merchants have generously donated money, garden necessities, such as mulch and mushroom soil. With these donations and annual lot rental fees, the garden has become financially self-sufficient. The parish accountant manages our funds (another amenity provided by the parish).