Community Garden now open for sign-ups

community-gardeningThe Community Garden at Saint Gregory’s Episcopal Church celebrates its fifth year this spring.

The garden is open to area residents wishing to grow their own produce this summer. Plots are approximately 10 feet by 10 feet and capacity has been expanded to accommodate demand.

As of April 1, there are still ten open spots available. Watering is facilitated by environmentally friendly passive water collection methods (no hoses) and is done by hand. Organic fertilizers are also encouraged. Saint Gregory’s will supply free, additional top soil to supplement the fertility of garden plots. Space is being assigned on a first come, first grow basis so interested gardeners should contact the church at (973) 887-5879 and get their name on the list as soon as possible.

An  appointment with the garden coordinator is required before plots are formally assigned. For specific questions regarding Saint Gregory’s community garden please call (973) 887-5879.

As always, participation in this year’s Community Garden program is free, although the church does ask that donations of fresh produce be made to area food programs and deserving senior citizens. Saint Gregory’s will ensure that these donations are delivered.  Participants will be responsible for their own organic fertilizers, borders, and plants. Saint Gregory’s does provide gardening tools although participants are welcome to bring their own. Garden hours will be from dawn to dusk. All plots are marked off and ready to be tilled and planted. Beginning gardeners are welcome!

All unclaimed plots after May 12 will be devoted to growing food by Saint Gregory’s for participating local food banks.

Saint Gregory’s is located at 480 South Beverwyck Road.