CHATHAM, NJ -The Chatham Community Garden is excited to have re-opened its gates as of May 7th after a dormant season last year. The PSE&G Reliability Project forced the old garden at the corner of Main Street and Division Avenue to relocate to their new site – a beautiful location off of Woodland Road.
Chatham Borough Mayor Bruce Harris and Chatham Township Mayor Kevin Sullivan will dedicate the new joint garden with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday, May 17 at 2 p.m.
In a joint venture between Chatham Borough and Chatham Township, the Chatham Community Garden is a self-sustaining entity that was built and continues to operate from member volunteerism and community donations. Members range from novices the knowledgeable veterans with extensive gardening experience. The garden is comprised of 74 ten-by-ten foot plots. However, each plot may be broken up into two or four sub-plots to increase the number of plot holders, subject to demand. Prices for plots range from $10 to $35 per year, depending on size.
The garden provides Chatham Borough and Chatham Township residents with the opportunity to grow their own vegetables and flowers in an environment where gardeners learn and work together. The focus of the Chatham Community Garden is on community education and community outreach. The three Chatham elementary schools have joined together to tend two plots, encouraging our youngest members to learn where their food comes from and how to work together as a team. Hundreds of students may participate at the Chatham Community Garden in the growing, maintaining and harvesting of their own vegetables and flowers.
Additionally, another plot is dedicated entirely to the Food Pantry, whose vegetables will be donated to local soup kitchens (as well as weekly donations from member’s surplus produce), and the Town and Country Garden Club’s 30+ members maintain a plot there as well.
The Chatham Community Garden is the perfect blend of passive recreation and exercise for its citizens; it contributes to the preservation of green space, provides social interaction and education across multiple generations, and promotes environmental awareness — not to mention the simple joy of gardening.
Entrance to the Chatham Community Garden’s driveway is across the street from 88 Woodland Road.
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