ROSELLE, NJ - On Sunday, members of the Roselle and Cranford community came together at the First Presbyterian Church located at 117 W. 5th Ave. in Roselle to break ground on a new “Community Garden”.
Two grant’s written by Pastor Karen Chamis resulted in the Church receiving the funds to establish a new community garden. It will be located on the church’s side lot, located on Chestnut Street. Church members and friends of the garden were joined by Mary Beckhouse the Director of Christian Education and the youth group from the Cranford Presbyterian Church, who worked together to create 15 individual gardening beds, filling them with soil and landscaping with black mulching preparation for planting.
Pastor Karen Chamis said, “I have lived in Roselle for 14 years and I love this borough.” “I saw this as a way to have the community come together to feel more connected.” She went on to say that the First Presbyterian Church of Roselle was the first church to be selected by Thomas Edison to be lit by electricity.
Pastor Chamis also said that the churches soup kitchen serves the community every Tuesday at 5:30pm where they serve free meals to anyone who needs it.
The garden itself, is modeled after a ‘co-op’ garden, with garden members helping to establish the direction and policies of the garden. Members can adopt a 8’x4’ plot for $20, and will be able to use water and tools provided by the Church. In return, members also contribute 3 hours a week of “sweat equity”, helping to manage the larger garden. The only thing you need to provide is your own plants of your choosing. All Roselle residents are invited to participate in this project.
There are still some spaces available but residents are urged to apply quickly before they are gone. Membership forms are available by contacting Pastor Karen Chamis at the church office, 908-245-1611 or 908-217-7725.
Information is also available on the Garden website: http://lightandlovecommunitygarden.wordpress.com