The Laurie Bogaski Community Garden is a project of Shalom Scranton and is located at the corner of Vine and North Irving Streets in the Hill Section of Scranton, PA. The garden is named for Laurie Bogaski who lost her life in a fire on that property in 1999.
The Garden is an asset to the neighborhood as it brings the community together and fosters important social interaction. Shalom Scranton sponsors free organic gardening education programs to the public through the Penn State Extension Master Gardeners.
In addition, a demonstration-garden is used to teach various growing methods and practices. Free, in depth information about sustainable, organic growing techniques is available at the garden when open. Soil tests are available for sale and a master gardener is available to answer questions.
There are also individual plots subscribed by community residents who grow vegetables and flowers for their families, neighbors, and many friends.
The garden subscribers have included lifetime Scranton residents, as well as a number of recent refugees from Bhutan, and immigrants from Nepal, Mexico and Barbados. Among them are neighborhood children, teachers and artists, professionals, skilled laborers, unemployed workers, and retirees.
Laurie’s Garden hosts an annual fundraising event to raise funds to further grow the Garden, provide training and to beautify its surroundings.
In addition, proceeds are used for an annual fall Harvest Day to provide a free fun day of games, scarecrow building, and arts and crafts to teach children about gardening, the harvest season and healthy snacks. Marywood University Nutrition Students brings their kitchen to the onsite to teach garden-to-table cooking.
Shalom Scranton also partnered with the Everhart Museum for an exhibit: Sowing Seed of Community: Laurie’s Community Garden to demonstrate the impacts of this community garden in the city neighborhood. The exhibit was featured at the museum for five months in 2011.
If you are interested in participating in the Garden or wish to offer your support, please email the Garden Manager, at: ShalomScranton@gmail.com.
Watch a clip of Shalom’s Community Garden. It features one of our Drew Theological School intern, Joe Samalenge: