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Mission of Mary Cooperative

In 2006, a group of recent graduates of the University of Dayton decided to live in an intentional Lay Marianist community in the Twin Towers neighborhood on the East side of Dayton. They soon noticed two pressing issues facing the neighborhood -- abandoned land and limited access to fresh, local produce. Their solution was to transform uncultivated green spaces into vegetable gardens and share the harvest with our neighbors. In 2009 they planted a single garden, and today they manage a network of 6 urban farming plots and grow 65 different varieties of fruits and vegetables. They continue Mary's mission of social justice in the Marianist tradition.

Local members of the Marianist Family have supported Mission of Mary Cooperative over the years through volunteer service, buying produce, becoming members of their CSA, serving on their Board of Directors, offering financial support, and helping with local programs. The Dayton Marianist Family hosts an official day of service at Mission of Mary Cooperative each May.

Visit for more information and for ways to volunteer.

Read more about the history of Mission of Mary and their success in this report from the University of Notre Dame.

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