Emmaus Grove Master Gardener Michael Bailey Awarded

Mike Bailey, co-coordinator of Emmaus Grove: The Erie Urban Farm School, was this year’s recipient of the Helping Hands Award presented by Erie Catholic Charities. The award, given annually to someone in the Erie diocese for their outstanding service to the church and to the community, noted Mike’s five years as master gardener of Emmaus Grove where he has helped grow and harvest tons of produce that is used to feed guests at Emmaus Soup Kitchen and Pantry.

In addition to Emmaus, Mike was cited for his volunteer work with other nonprofits including overseeing the school gardens at Saint Luke’s and Pfeiffer-Burleigh and coordinating service hours for students in the Erie Catholic Diocese’s confirmation program.

“Mike has been a wonderful asset in the growth and stability of Emmaus Grove,” said Sister Mary Miller, director of Emmaus Ministries. “He’s at our garden often, especially in the mornings before the food pantry opens. On those days, he and Ellen DiPlacido, the other master gardener at Emmaus, arrive early to harvest fresh produce to give to the guests of the food pantry. We are so proud of Mike and grateful for his generous work."

Attending the Club CC Night at the Bayfront Convention Center to support Mike were Sister Mary Miller and Emmaus garden volunteers Diane Voelker, Tony Gilmore, Katherine Hall, Debbie Totzke, Ellen DiPlacido, Darlene Feeney, and Christine Troutman.

Click here to view the Helping Hands Award video that will help you get to know Mike Bailey.

Photo: Mike Bailey (center) with Sister Mary and volunteers of Emmaus Grove

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