SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – Carrying a pitchfork as a prop, John Shabe accepted the Villager of the Month award on behalf of the South Orange Community Garden at Monday’s Board of Trustees meeting.
“We’re just proud to be part of South Orange,” said Shabe, president of the group. “We appreciate the fact that the town sees us as an asset. We’re going to continue to work with you guys to make the garden something you can be proud of.”
The garden, entering its fifth year of existence, has 49 individual plots. Residents can lease a plot for $70. All of the plots are organic, and some of the crops are bundled and delivered to local food pantries, Shabe said.
Catherine Sullivan, who represented the Community Relations Committee and presented the award, said that the South Orange Community Garden helps bring the community together.
“Gardens continue to fascinate and create pleasure not only for garden enthusiasts, but for those of us just passing by,” she said. “The showy colors, the wonderful smells, the mouth-watering vegetables and fruits with their promise of tasty meals give pleasure to all.”
Shabe said that there are still plots available for this year. Anyone interested in leasing a plot for the season can fill out a form at the Baird Center or check on the South Orange Community Garden Facebook page.
Weather permitting, the garden will open within the next couple of weeks, according to Shabe.
The reporter is a student participating in hyperlocal journalism partnership between The Alternative Press and Seton Hall University's Department of Communication & The Arts.