The Scotch Plains Fanwood Community Garden at the Frazee House, 1451 Raritan Road, will officially open on Saturday, July 23, 2016, at 9:00 a.m. with a planting event. The Garden consists of 28 raised beds for growing vegetables, all rented by local residents, as well as several demonstration garden beds.
The demonstration beds will be used for teaching, both adults and children, gardening facts and techniques, and will also contain a “Giving Garden” dedicated to raising fresh healthy produce to benefit local food banks.
Saturday will mark the culmination of an 18-month effort by a grassroots group of residents to bring Community Gardening to Fanwood and Scotch Plains. The two towns have a rich history that began as largely agrarian, and the Community Garden hopes to recapture that spirit in our suburban home.
Operating under a grant from the Union County Freeholders, “Union County Means Green Community Gardens”, administered by Groundwork Elizabeth, The SPFCG is proud to be a partner garden of Groundwork’s program, “Come Grow With Us.”
The Community Garden is located on the grounds of the historic Frazee House, a pre-Revolutionary homestead currently under restoration through the efforts of Fanwood Scotch Plains Rotary Club, which has partnered with the SPF Community Garden to return the land to its original purpose. The Township of Scotch Plains has been instrumental in the establishment of the Garden on this previously abandoned 5 acre tract, known to longtime residents as “the old Terry Lou Zoo.” The SPF Community Garden hopes to eclipse that reputation, by revitalizing the land, bringing people back to the property to form a diverse community with a common goal, once again.