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Sustainability

SJU Community Garden

The Saint Joseph’s University Community Garden

The SJU Community Garden is a place for all members of the university community to experience the joys and responsibilities of caring for plants that provide food and other benefits to people and to the planet.  Garden activities are organized and implemented to:

  • Educate participants with hands-on experience growing plants, access to information on sustainable horticultural practices, and consideration of how best to foster a sense of stewardship for the earth, especially among those living in primarily urban settings.  
  • Strengthen our sense of community pride and unity through experiences working collaboratively to plan, plant and care for individual plots in a community garden.
  • Grow foods and flowers that not only benefit the growers, but that also provide benefits to our university community and wherever possible to our campus neighbors.

The Community Garden is located on the James J. Maguire Campus, between Paris Hall, Connelly Hall and Toland Hall.

Members of the Saint Joseph’s University Community Garden are invited to participate in events at the garden, including:

  • spring and fall parties
  • weekly Philabundance drop-offs during the summer.  Vegetables and herbs grown in the garden are collected and are donated to Albrechts Nursery’s Philabundance drop-off. In 2013, more than 150 pounds of vegetables were donated to the Philabundance food bank from the SJU Community Garden!
  • garden clean-up days

The greatest benefit of being a member is the opportunity to engage with a community of shared values around food and food systems, and to spend some time together cultivating this community! Click on the link on the right hand side of this page to see how to join. 

If you have any questions, feel free to contact:

Ms. Caitlin Fritz
Community Garden Director
116 Science Center
Email:  cfritz@sju.edu
Phone:  610-660-1809