Community garden opens its gates for the season

April 17, 2013 by  

Hainesport Township Manager, Maureen Mitchell, recently announced that the community gardens are now open at the old Blue Hills Farm and those involved are celebrating the first anniversary of the grand opening, which is probably accompanied by promotional material produced by local brochure printers.

According to Mitchell, there are 50 plots available, some of which have been raised so as to be accessible to the handicapped. The plots are 20’ x 20’ in size and can be rented for $40 for the season, with a plot half that size for $20 and one a quarter of that size for $10. Those who rent the plots typically plant flowers, fruits, and vegetables.

The gardens were made possible by efforts of the Mt. Laurel Green Team and a grant from the Burlington County Parks. According to a member of the Green Team, Sandra Carleton, township ‘green’ projects like the garden have been the focus of the organization. The long range plans of the Green Team are to work with the entire property by planting a garden of wildflowers and bringing in master gardeners who can help residents with their individual gardens.

As she lives in a townhouse with little space for gardening, Carleton said that the garden gives her the opportunity to grow herbs, peppers, tomatoes, and eggplants. Mitchell added this is one of the very reasons why the gardens were set aside, so as to provide a sustainable and eco-conscious outlet and encourage community networking and involvement.