God’s Little Acre started many years ago on a very small plot of land at St. Philip Church under the direction of Tony Esposito, a URI Master Gardener. In 2004, the garden was greatly expanded to a quarter-acre parcel behind St. Philip School.
The “project” included a greenhouse that was an addition to the school. Over 1,000 plants are started from seed annually in this greenhouse and they are transplanted to the garden. Carefully planted and nurtured by seventh and eighth graders at St. Philip School, the greenhouse is an integral part in the annual harvest.
The organic garden yields about 3,000 pounds annually, including tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, beets, radishes, yellow and green squash, cucumbers and butternut squash.
Volunteers range from very young kids to retired folks, confirmation students, Boys Scouts, Girl Scouts and local businesses , all of whom have donated materials and time beyond measure and gratitude.
The produce is picked and distributed to our own St. Vincent de Paul Society at St. Philip Parish and to Mary House, a social service ministry at St. Patrick Church in Providence, RI.
We hope to expand the operation to include a 25’ x 100’ production greenhouse very soon. This will allow us to not only extend our growing season, but offer a myriad of opportunities for volunteers, as well.