East Windsor Township has decided to start a Community Garden on the Disbrow Hill Road open space property, the empty space next to the Disbrow Hill playing fields that is across from Etra Lake Park. Planting for the garden is expected to begin in April 2014.
This Community Garden will allow residents to rent a plot of land to plant fruits and vegetables for themselves. The pilot program only includes 20 plots of land; gardeners will be assigned a plot of land that will be determined by a numbering system. If there are more than 20 residents interested in renting, a lottery will be held to determine who will participate. Once the gardeners are selected, they will be provided with in-depth information on all of the rules and guidelines of the garden, information about access to their plot, and gardening tips at an orientation session.
Additionally, the East Windsor Green Team will be planting a philanthropic garden and sharing the subsequent produce with local families in need.
This Community Garden is one of many steps East Windsor has made in order to promote sustainable living.
“The Community Garden is an environmentally friendly initiative which offers unique benefits and educational opportunities to residents of all ages to learn basic business principles and to share valued community goals.” Mayor Janice Mironov said. “We encourage residents to participate in this new fun community program by planting their own garden, assisting other gardeners with their individual gardens or volunteering time to help maintain the community philanthropic garden.”
Applications for participation in the Community Garden are now available at the East Windsor Municipal Clerk’s Office. For an application or additional information, call (609) 443-4000, ext. 240.