Community Garden

Community Garden Handbook


Schedule for 2016 Garden Plot Renewal & Registration

Current & new gardeners are encouraged to review the handbook before registering

Sept. 7, 2015 Vacant plots will be announced to current gardeners
Sept. 14, 2015 Phase 1: Current gardener plot renewal & registration opportunity for vacant plots (3 plot max)
Oct. 1, 2015 Announcement of plots that will be vacated as of Oct 31, 2015
Oct. 5-12, 2015 Phase 2: Current gardener registration for new and/or different plots (3 plot max)
Jan 4-31, 2016 Phase 3: Garden plot registration opened to members of the public


  • All registrations will be done online with a new system that will allow registrants to see map of available and unavailable plots.


  • Vacant garden plots are rented on a first come, first served basis.


  • To receive an email notification of plot availabilitiy for the 2016 season, please sign up for our email list CLICK HERE


Garden Information

Duke Farms opened a Community Garden in Spring 2011 to provide people with the opportunity to grow produce that is healthy for them in a way that is friendly to the environment. The garden began with 210 plots, and in 2014 expanded to 462 plots.

People who live and/or work in Somerset County, New Jersey are eligible to participate; commercial enterprises are not eligible to apply at this time. Plots are awarded on a first come, first served basis. Up to a maximum of 3 plots per gardener.  New gardeners are restricted to 1 plot in their first year of gardening.

  1.  Plot sizes/Annual Fee

Garden plots are available in three sizes: 10 x 10 feet for an annual fee of $20; 15 x 15 feet for $40, and 15 x 30 feet for $60.


Each gardener is responsible for the maintenance and regular upkeep of their plot.  The Duke Farms Community Garden is open all year, subject to weather, with water available from March 15th through October 31st.  Garden plots are offered in AS IS condition and need to be prepared each season by the participating gardener using strictly organic practices (NO chemical fertilizers or pesticides will be allowed).  Gardeners also will be responsible for providing their own seeds or plants and must use their own garden tools to tend their plots. Water will be available on site and Duke Farms will provide a limited supply of compost.

All gardeners who will work within the Community Garden have the following on record with Duke Farms:

Signed Participation Agreement

Signed Waiver of Liability & Photo Release

Organic Gardening Classes

Classes on organic gardening, open to both Community Garden members and the public, will be held throughout the year. Registration is required for all classes.

A list of upcoming classes can be found HERE 

Orientation Videos

Be Social!

Would you like to join the Community Garden Facebook Group and Discussion Forum?

Email and request to join.

Would you like to receive Community Garden emails to keep up-to-date on all that is happening in the garden?

CLICK HERE to opt-in to our Community Garden Newsletter.


Community Garden Staff:

Education & Community Garden Manager: Tanya Sulikowski

Garden Educator: Melissa Almendinger

Garden Coordinator: Stan Layton

Volunteer Coordinator: Clifford Berek


Questions about the Community Garden? Email us at for more information.


Community Garden Potluck!


Garden Assistance Hours:

Mondays: 5pm - dusk

Wednesdays: 5pm - dusk

Thursdays: 10am - 1pm

Thursdays: 5pm - dusk

Saturdays: 9am - 1pm

Additional hours by appointment.



Neighborhood Event Registration

Are you looking to plan a neighborhood event in the garden? Please fill out our Community Garden Neighborhood Event Form HERE.


Community Garden Volunteer Information

  • Every gardener is required to volunteer 4 hours for the first plot.
  • For each additional plot, complete 1 additional volunteer hour.
  • Half of the hours must be completed by August 1, 2015.
  • Tending the Giving Gardens will count towards mandatory volunteer hours.


There are 4 formal ways to complete your volunteer time:

  • In-the-garden weekly maintenance opportunities: May through October, 1st & 3rd Saturday of each month (excluding July 4) and 2nd Thursday of each month.  No registration is required.  Contact Garden Coordinator Stan Layton with questions.
  • Out-of-garden work days: May through October, 2  volunteer days per month (dates & activities listed below).  Registration required.  Contact Volunteer Coordinator Clifford Berek with questions.
  • 4 annual festivals: Citizen Science Fest, Firefly Festival, Monarch & Meadow Fest, & Halloween Hike.  Orientation & registration is required.  Contact Education Coordinator Kirsten Holt for details.
  • Participate in the Community Garden Donation Program.  Click here  or tasks, schedule and contact information.


Logging volunteer hours:

  • In-garden work days/giving gardens: Log your time in the volunteer log book (housed in the brown shed).
  • Out of garden work days/festivals: Log your time with the Duke Farms staff member running the event.

In Garden Volunteer Work Days:

Date: Time: Activity:

1st & 3rd Saturday every month

(Except July)

9a to 12p Garden Maintenance
2nd Thursday every month 6p to Sunset Garden Maintenance


Out of Garden Volunteer Work Days:

Date:  Time: Activity:
Friday, August 21  9:30a TBD
Thursday, September 24  9:30a TBD
Sunday, October 4  9:30a TBD
Tuesday, October 27  9:30a TBD


Eventbrite - Duke Farms Bimonthly Habitat Regeneration Volunteer Projects

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