Now entering its eleventh season, the Community Garden will once again be offered to allow residents of Woolwich Township and Swedesboro, as well as other communities, the opportunity to have their own “mini-farm”.
Although the size of a full garden plot is 20’ by 30’, the township will once again offer gardeners the choice of a 20’ by 15’ half-plot. The cost for a garden will remain at $30 for a full plot and $15 for a half-plot for the season.
This fee also covers the cost to have the entire community garden area initially tilled and prepared through the community service efforts of Joe Maugeri, one of our local farmers. In addition, all gardeners have use of a 10’ by 20’ storage shed with a gathering area, and the convenience of running water at no additional cost.
However, as with anything, prospective gardeners must agree to a set of guidelines to make the experience a positive one for all. As stated on the application form “Gardeners understand that this is a community garden and that for it to succeed gardener support is needed to maintain the site, manage compost, keep on top of weeds, deal with wildlife, and keep the site debris free”.
While this may sound like a lot to do, if everyone just maintains their own garden plot in this manner and volunteers a little time to maintaining the common areas, the entire garden will be a visual masterpiece.
If you are interested in signing up for the Community Garden, please contact the Woolwich Township Clerk at (856) 467-2666, extension 3101, or simply stop by the Township Clerk’s office in the Municipal Building to fill out an application.
Returning participants from last season from Woolwich Township and Swedesboro have until March 23 to register to retain the same plot. After that date, new gardeners from Woolwich and Swedesboro have until April 1 to register before any remaining plots are open to the residents of other communities.
And remember that “Community gardens are spaces where individuals come together to grow food, build relationships, and celebrate their communities”.