Group Plants the Seeds for a Scotch Plains-Fanwood Community Garden


SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ --  A group of local residents has organized to plan and develop The Scotch Plains Fanwood Community Garden. 

The goal is to grow produce and a positive sense of community, through gardening, education, and events; and to sow seeds for future generations to eat healthy and locally. The committee’s vision includes a true community garden where produce is grown and shared with local residents and raised beds are available for community members to grow their own fruits and vegetables. Other benefits include hands on educational opportunities for all ages, service opportunities, plus crop sharing, a meditation/reflection garden and other community enhancing ideas.

“We see the garden as an outdoor community center bringing people together to do something fun and healthy. Many areas around us are getting into the community garden movement, and the farm-to-table concept is growing," said committee member, Maggie Savoca. "How great would it be to have a local chef come to the garden and host a pop-up restaurant for locals one late summer evening?”

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"The first physical resource needed is land. The ideal spot  would be about an acre in size, free or leased for a nominal fee for at least three years, and have the ability to be irrigated, fenced and have electricity," Savoca added. "We'd love a spot that requires no soil remediation and is visible from the road with nearby parking."

The committee has spoken with both Scotch Plains and Fanwood leaders, as well as local houses of worship and businesses that may have land for the garden. The committee is currently exploring several locations. 

Anyone interested in obtaining more information or becoming involved  in the community garden can email or visit

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