The Hamilton Memorial Garden is producing; producing baskets of organic vegetables such as tomatoes, zucchini, kale, peppers, herbs and more but is also producing community spirit. Located on the corner of two busy streets in Atlantic City, NJ, passersbys are more than curious. They are pulling in the parking lot and walking off the sidewalk and into the garden. “Whose garden is this? Can I help harvest the vegetables?” … Of course! Garden organizers have seen a small but encouraging increase in those coming out to harvest in the past weeks.
A phone call was received with a request to hold a ceremony in the amphitheater whose final stone work is being completed! Slowly the community surrounding the Hamilton United Methodist Church in Atlantic City is finding the benefit to the construction they have watched all spring/summer. Reaping a reward for their hard work, community partners and volunteers shared a kale salad picked just moments before during a weekly garden meet-up. Gardeners continue to meet weekly to maintain the garden, discuss programming and hand out produce to the community.
A dedication of the Hamilton Memorial Garden will be held on August 25, 2014 at 5:30pm; its purpose is to thank those that have worked so diligently to create such a resource, a beautiful, prolific organic garden and fitness center in the heart of a known food desert. The dedication will also serve as a message to the community to “Come Garden and Be Well!” Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian will be welcomed back to the garden to see the success of a project that he helped start back in March 2014.
What does the future hold for the Hamilton Memorial Garden? Fall Crops! Collard greens, broccoli, cabbages and hopefully a community enjoying a new found resource for families. AtlantiCare Growing Green is proud to be involved in such a beneficial program for the residents of Atlantic City