United States of America, New Jersey, Essex, Millburn
The Community Garden (Millburn, New Jersey)
In 1975 the Short Hills Garden Club began planning a community garden in Millburn, New Jersey, to be used by residents who did not have their own land. The vacant lot owned by Neighborhood House was chosen due to its central location near apartment dwellers so they could walk to their gardens. Members of the garden club prepared the unused urban site, and in the first season of 1976, twenty 10 X 20 foot garden plots were planted. Presently there are 79 individual plots with mulched paths between and a central gravel walk. Slightly larger than one acre, The Community Garden is surrounded by a chain link fence with a locked gate; each member is given a key. The Short Hills Garden Club maintains a flower border outside the fence and provides water, wheelbarrows, compost bins, benches and a picnic table for use by the gardeners, in addition to managing the rental fees of $60 per plot. Start-up materials were donated and the garden club raises funds for continuing improvements. The individual gardeners raise vegetables and herbs, perennial and annual flowers, spring bulbs, and berries, some grown organically.
The Short Hills Garden Club is planning its own small garden plot with garden furniture in honor of Pamela Hulshizer, who chaired the community garden for 22 years.
Persons associated with the garden include) Diocese of Newark, New Jersey (former owners, prior to September 1921); St. Stephens Church, Millburn, New Jersey (former owners, September 1921-November 1921); Richard T. Bunnell (former owner, 1921-1922); Gertrude R. Taylor (former owner, 1922-1923); Neighborhood Association of Millburn Township (owners, 1923- )
The folder includes worksheets, photocopies of garden club records, and photocopies of articles.
Garden featured in "Community Garden Plots Planned Here" published in "THE ITEM of Millburn and Short Hills" February 19, 1976
Garden featured in "Garden Plots Yield Generous Harvests" by Rich Colandrea published in "THE ITEM of Millburn and Short Hills" August 12, 1976
Garden featured in "Outstanding in its Field," by Christian Kirkpatrick, Packet Magazine, September 2005
Garden featured in "Community Garden has 'Bigger, Better' Crop published in "THE ITEM of Millburn and Short Hills" October 6, 1977
Garden featured in "79 Farmers Till Town Garden" published in "THE ITEM of Millburn and Short Hills" August 6, 1981