Our Tinton Falls Community Gardens
Applications for the 2020 growing season are now being accepted. To join, use the following application.
MISSION: The Tinton Falls Community Gardens (TFCG) seeks to provide an opportunity for borough residents to grow healthful, fresh produce for their own use while actively supporting common gardening activities. In so doing, the garden reaffirms and celebrates the agricultural heritage of our community.
PAST: The Tinton Falls Community Gardens organization was established in 2009 as a sub-committee of the Environmental Commission. The goal was to start a community garden where residents could join in a positive and enjoyable “green” environmental activity while getting to know their fellow residents.
The first community garden was launched on Borough property behind the Historic Crawford House and celebrated at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on May 2, 2009. The initial participants were assisted by the Monmouth County Master Gardeners, who continue to be of great help in providing information about organizing, planting and growing a community garden. The traditional wire-on-frame, farm-style fence was built on a volunteer basis by agricultural engineer Tony Sloan of Highlands and Jan Corbin of Fair Haven. The narrow-gauge chicken wire to “rabbit proof” the bottom of the fence was donated by Home Depot in Neptune.
Highlights of previous seasons were designated work days at which jobs such as maintaining aisles, weeding, and spreading manure were made lighter (even fun) through shared labor. End of season get-togethers have been an enjoyable way to celebrate the close of another successful season with fellow gardeners. The TFCG has hosted educational visits from residents of the former Spring House transitional home for women in Shrewsbury, and provided learning experiences for members of local Scout troops.
PRESENT: Making the garden a success for all involved is an effort that comes of the desire to grow fresh produce for the family table while enjoying the help, support and cooperation of neighbors. Any interested resident 18 years or older can join; no gardening experience is required.
As a volunteer effort during the 2012 growing season, the TFCG community is contributing vegetables grown in several designated plots to the Hope Presbyterian Church in Tinton Falls for distribution to families in need.
Another volunteer project is the farm stand each Saturday morning (approx. July – Sept.) on the porch of the Crawford House, selling produce grown on dedicated plots and harvested early that morning for peak freshness. The farm stand is a project of the Historic Preservation Committee, and proceeds go directly to support renovations on the landmark house. Supply and variety of vegetables is limited to what is ready for harvest at the garden that day.
FUTURE: Based on the success of the TFCG at the Crawford House, and an increasing interest from residents, plans are underway to obtain Borough approval to start a second garden at a different location – in order to provide every resident who would like to “get growing” with the chance to enjoy the satisfying experience of planting, growing, harvesting, and eating their own produce!
To join: Borough residents can fill out an application to plant in an assigned plot of the garden. Plots for each growing season are assigned on a first come, first served basis. The designated coordinator for the Tinton Falls Community Gardens is Denise Catalano. If you would like to plant and/or volunteer to work at the Community Garden, please contact Denise.
On January 15th, 2013 Denise Catalano presented the Tinton Falls Borough Council a letter of appreciation she received from Hope Presbyterian Church. Denise and other members of the Community Gardens contributed fresh produce to ten needy families within the church. At the meeting Denise graciously thanked Geoff Bray, Milton Belford, Linda Muhlhausen, Pamela Smith Foley for their hard work and dedication and for helping her put smiles on the faces of all the families they were able to assist in their time of need.
»On November 9, 2010 Community Gardens members and Riverdale Ave. West residents presented their view points of the newly proposed community garden at Riverdale Ave. West site to the Borough Council. Research revealed that the proposed land site was not available for this purpose and it was concluded that the community gardens members will need to research a new site working with the Borough Administration.
»Friends of the Crawford House would like to thank all the patrons who visited their farm stand this season. The volunteers at the farm stand were busy selling the produce from the Crawford House garden every Saturday morning. The success of the farm stand sales will help with future projects at the Crawford House.
Crawford House Community Garden 2010
750 Tinton Avenue
Tinton Falls, NJ 07724
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