Students man St. Patrick Clover Grove Farm Stand

(From left) St. Patrick School students Rory Ries, Meghan Ries, and Matilda Gruzs stand ready to help shoppers find plant starts for their gardens.

(Posted May 15, 2023)

By Dedra Cordle, Staff Writer/Photogarpher

The St. Patrick Clover Grove Farm Stand was in full swing on May 11 as St. Patrick School students handed out the fruits–and vegetables and herbs–of their labor.

Nearly a year ago, parent volunteer Kathleen Ries spearheaded the creation of a garden on the school grounds to serve as a learning center and community outreach. Known as St. Fiacre’s Clover Grove, the garden is named for the patron saint of vegetable gardens.

Earlier this spring, students planted an assortment of seeds–jalapeno peppers, cabbage, broccoli, lettuce, kale, and more. On May 11, they gave the seedlings away to visitors attending the school’s art show and to customers picking up flowers from the school’s annual flower sale.

Thanks to third-grader Rory Ries, the plant giveaway took place at the school garden’s new farm stand. Rory’s ideas and designs earned the school a Little Tree Huggers grant which was used to construct the stand.

Kathleen Ries said the intention is to offer the garden’s produce free to the community.

Anyone interested in future Clover Grove Farm Stand dates can follow the St. Patrick School Facebook page or the garden’s Instagram @St_Fiacres_Clover_Grove.

St. Patrick School third-grader Bronsyn Ball waters plants at the school garden’s Clover Grove Farm Stand.
St. Patrick School students Charlie Gruzs and Kate Goedel display a few of the herb and vegetable plants recently “sold” from the student garden’s new farm stand.


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