BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Last weekend, the Berkeley Heights Community Garden held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new shed built by Berkeley Heights Eagle Scout Candidate Subhasish Murkherjee from Boy Scout Troop 368..
Murkherjee planned the building of the shed that houses gardening tools donated by Master Gardeners in Union County, as well as other tools that were purchased at Berkeley Hardware.
Murkherjee said he had plenty of help from the scouts. "That is the nice thing about scouts -- everyone is so helpful. There are parents that have experience with contracting and working with wood. I learned a lot along the way -- and learned to build a shed," he said. The project took approximately two months to complete.
He said that he has always liked plants, so with the Community Garden in its inaugural season, he was happy to give back to the community by building a shed for the garden. "I don't garden myself but I like the Community Garden and I thought it was a very nice place to do my project. The garden is awesome."
Several of the plot owners were in attendance for the ribbon cutting celebration. Many went home with a basket full of herbs and fresh vegetables.
The Community Garden contains 29 wooden garden beds that residents rent. The garden is located behind the “Grandmother’s House” on the Littell-Lord Farmstead on Horseshoe Road.
At the garden's ribbon cutting this past April, Richard Leister, Environmental Commission President, gave credit to the following entities: State of New Jersey, because the land is a Green Acres Site; the county because it gave them some grants for the garden and the township, because it provided legal advice and the Historical Society because the site is on the Historic Registry. He also thanked Sustainable Jersey which funded the project with a combination Sustainable Jersey and PSE&G grant, and ExxonMobil which provided funds in support of an employee who volunteered on the project. Local suppliers, including Halls, Berkeley Hardware, Dreyer’s which supplied lumber and all the gardeners “who are putting in a lot of hard work to bring the garden alive,” Leister said.
Leister said when the volunteers came out to help build the garden, it “brought it home to me” that this really was a community garden.