BRIDGEPORT- The Thomas Merton Center’s community garden is flourishing again after a group of volunteers spent time Saturday morning readying the space for the spring season. After mowing, tilling, and raking, members of Realty ONE Group Connect prepared flower beds and planted vegetables. When mature, the fresh produce, including carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, lettuce, and various herbs, will be used for meals in the Merton Center’s kitchen and be available for customers in their Eat Smart Marketplace food pantry.

According to George Alberto, a realtor and longtime Merton Center volunteer, this once-a-year annual event is a way to give back to the community and support the work of the soup kitchen and those it serves. Guests will be able to pick their own vegetables as well as sit and read in the garden.

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