Central NJ: The Grange Wants to Start a Community Garden
- Subject: [cg] Central NJ: The Grange Wants to Start a Community Garden
- From: Adam36055@aol.com
- Date: Thu, 16 Dec 2004 11:32:19 EST
Attn ACGA Board, ED and NJ Community Gardeners:
This is an interesting synergy for us if we can manage it. The Grange wants
to start a community garden in New Jersey. If the ACGA can do cooperative
projects with the Grange, in terms of sharing our CG experience with them and
hooking up with the remaining Granges in the USA and Canada, it might be a
beneficial boost for both of our organizations. Read the article below and contact
the Grange at (732) 901-8777.
Grange to seek approval for community garden
BY KATHY BARATTA
Serving Howell, Lakeview, Jackson & Plumsted NJ.
HOWELL - Representatives of the Southard Grange are hoping that municipal
officials will allow the collective to produce a community garden on a section of
Grange Master Elaine Taylor is an organic farmer who lives on Maxim-Southard
Taylor, who is a member of the Howell Board of Education, said the community
garden project is only one of several ambitions the members of Southard Grange
No. 218 will work to see accomplished.
In an interview with the Tri-Town News, Taylor said she was planning to ask
the Township Council on Dec. 14 to allow the Grange to take over 15 of about 31
acres that comprise the Price Farm at the corner of Maxim-Southard Road and
Taylor said the Grange is proposing to take the 15 acres and turn it into a
community garden that would beautify the land and work to involve residents in
a true community effort that would reap a bountiful harvest of beauty and
In a press release, the Grange states that its goal "is to help promote an
awareness of New Jersey's natural heritage through agricultural education, land
conservation and community activities."
Taylor said there would be an open invitation to any member of the public who
wants to plant a garden on the tract. She said it would be a perfect
opportunity for a person who lives in a condominium or an apartment who wants a little
plot of ground on which he can grow flowers, vegetables or herbs.
She said those who join will be able to sow a plot at the community garden,
attend informative workshops and get involved in other farm- and garden-related
Also, according to Taylor, there is a historical structure on the property
that the Grange would like to take over. She said if they were allowed to, the
Grange's 50 or so members and other volunteers would work to rehabilitate the
She said the property on which the Grange wants to produce its community
garden would also provide opportunities for hiking, bird watching and photography.
Taylor said membership is open to all ages, families and groups interested in
"America's No. 1 recreational activity - gardening." For more information
call (732) 901-8777.
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