“Many hands make light work”

The above quote from John Heywood expresses the feelings of Prodigal Sons & Daughters Redirection Services Inc. on how our community garden is taking flight: with help from the many Prodigal Alum, community members and organizations that share in our mission, to make fresh produce more accessible.

We could not maintain the site of Paradise Gardens without help from our volunteers, whether it’s the children from our neighborhood who flock to the site, volunteers from our colleagues at IYO, or the numerous friends we have in other organizations who believe in our quest to implement healthy living techniques throughout our respective communities.

Our friends from IYO are gracious enough to volunteer and assist with the removal of the debris collected from our garden site. Since PSD does not have the means to properly dispose of the debris collected, our collaboration with IYO is of the utmost importance to us.

PSD was lucky to host Elizabeth Reynoso, Food Policy Director, City of Newark and Maya Curry, a student at Montclair State University who interviewed Reynoso and our Director of Green Initiative, Walter Barry, as part of her internship at NJ Arts News of Summit, NJ.

Our Prodigal Alum are the lifeblood of our organization and we look forward to welcoming more alumni to Paradise Gardens to enjoy the work that we’ve done with our own hands in making fresh produce available to all.

We are proud to spotlight the many hands that make light the work of cultivating the many vegetable and flowering plants of which we’re taking diligent care. Some of our vegetables include: romaine lettuce, asparagus, beets, cherry and beefsteak tomatoes, cucumbers, red and white onions, red and yellow bell peppers, broccoli, asparagus beans, spinach, okra, plus yellow and spaghetti squash just to name a few. All the fixings for a great salad!

We’ve selected just a few photos that spotlight our wonderful volunteers who give so much of themselves to allow us to have the beautiful garden we are proud to call Paradise.

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