UNION, NJ - Members of the Vauxhall Community Garden hosted about 35 young men from around New Jersey teaching them gardening basics, including how to plant and grow their own vegetables.  

Robert White, one of the facilitators of the Community Garden, said the gardening lesson included how to build a vegetable box, how to build up the soil, how to compost, and the basics of how to take care of a vegetable garden.  "It's a how-to program," said White.  "This teaches these young men responsibility as it relates to growing vegetables and taking care of a garden.  I think it's a great learning tool, especially for young men."  

The Vauxhall Community Garden, located on Springfield Avenue and founded by the Golden Rule Lodge, is funded by Atlantic Health System.  The garden has private boxes for community members.  "What you grow, you keep," said White.  He said other garden boxes belong to the Vauxhall Community Garden Outreach Program. "We give the produce to the senior citizens within the community or to the food pantry," White said.  

"This was an empty lot before," said White.  "Now it's a beautiful garden."