For the second year in a row, Duke Farms Community Garden has collected produce from our gardeners to donate to local food banks. Last year we were able to over 1500lbs of produce by seasons end. Thus far, this years total is currently 2100lbs with at least six more weeks to go! Twice weekly we hold a donation day, where gardeners give excess produce from their individual plots. In addition, Duke Farms and volunteers tend to seven Giving Gardens dedicated solely to this program. We work closely with the following food banks and shelters, and encourage the community at large to support these fantastic organizations: Safe and Sound Somerset Food Bank Network of Somerset County Hillsborough Food Bank Feeding Hands Agape House For more local, state-wide and national food pantry locations please visit: FoodPantries.org Thanks to all of our gardeners and volunteers for making this season so successful! Special thanks to volunteer docents Susan Litner and Susan Spagnola for leading the coordination of this massive effort.
Duke Farms Community Garden Mission & Vision Duke Farms opened a 240-plot Community Garden in Spring 2011 to provide people with the opportunity to grow healthy produce in a way that is friendly to the environment. To meet increased demands for space, the garden was expanded to 462 plots in 2014 and is now the largest allotment-style community garden in the country. Our gardeners practice organic, sustainable methods such as no-till gardening, building soil biology and the use of natural mulches for water conservation. Visit our webpage for more information.