Well, here we are just about mid-way through our grant cycle and the progress and transformation of this under-utilized parcel of land is absolutely amazing.
We could not have imagined a more dedicated and driven group of individuals coming together to get this project off the ground and to keep it moving forward. The residents that have committed to this project have gone above and beyond to make this garden a fun and desirable destination spot. Lasting friendships are being forged, casual, yet educational, conversations occur on a daily basis and an overall mood of comradery blankets this modest 90’x50’ fenced in oasis.
To date, all twelve beds are planted and thriving – with eleven beds reserved for construction for next year. With the help of our Master Gardeners, the residents that have never gardened before are growing their own produce with confidence and pride. We have been fortunate enough to receive additional donations of fruit and vegetable plants, which have been planted in containers and placed around the perimeter of the garden. 100% of the material yielded from these plants will also be forwarded to the local food pantry and care kitchen.
Our first big event will be our ribbon cutting ceremony scheduled for Saturday, June 20th. We have plans to conduct several educational workshops throughout the season, such as composting, rain barrels, canning, grilling of fresh fruits and vegetables, and more. These workshops will be open to the general public, as well as of course, the garden participants, their families and friends. Nutley is very fortunate in the fact that our residents are very interested and engaged in the betterment of our community and very willing to share their time and talents. All of these workshops will be conducted by our participating Master Gardeners and/or volunteer community members.
We are so grateful to be able to combine Nature’s goodness with Nutley’s kindness!