Community Garden

Community Garden Handbook


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 448 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.

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.

Gardeners are required to care for their plots throughout the growing season which runs officially from March 15 through November 15 (subject to weather conditions). Garden plots are offered in AS IS condition and gardeners must use organic practices (NO chemical fertilizers or pesticides will be allowed) in order to prepare and improve their plots. 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.

CLICK HERE to view the Community Garden Participation Agreement.

Organic Gardening Classes
Classes on organic gardening, open to both Community Garden members and the public, will be held throughout the year.  

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


- Tanya Sulikowski - Manager of Education


Garden Orientation Dates:

ALL 2015 members of the Duke Farms Community Garden must attend a MANDATORY orientation on either:


Saturdary, February 7 @ 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Saturdary, February 7 @ 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Wednesday, February 11 @  6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.


This MANDATORY meeting will review important information, serve as a forum for asking questions and provide an opportunity to meet your neighbors. You must register for one of the three scheduled sessions.


If you do not attend, your 2015 membership will be forfeited. No make-up sessions will be scheduled. No exceptions.


Eventbrite - Community Garden Orientation Meeting



New Gardener Registration:


Registration for new gardeners will be open through February 5, 2015. New gardeners are limited to one plot for the first season.


Eventbrite - Community Garden Registration for New Gardeners



Community Garden Volunteer Information


  • Every plot is required to volunteer 4 hours
  • For each additional plot add 1 hour
  • Half of the hours must be preformed by Aug. 1, 2015.
  • There will be weekly maintenance opportunities in the garden.
  • At least 2 large opportunities will be offered per month.
  • Tending the Giving Gardens will count towards mandatory volunteer hours.


Garden Volunteer Days:

Date:  Time: Activity:

Thursday, May 14

Saturday, May 30  TBD TBD
Tuesday, June 9  TBD TBD
Sunday, June 28  TBD TBD
Saturday, July 18  TBD TBD
Monday, July 27  TBD TBD
Sunday, August 9  TBD TBD
Friday, August 21  TBD TBD
Saturday, September 24  TBD TBD
Thursday, September 24  TBD TBD
Sunday, October 4  TBD TBD
Tuesday, October 27  TBD TBD


If you have any questions, or want to sign up please email our Volunteer Coordiantor, Clifford Berek.



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