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.
The mission of the Duke Farms' Community Garden is to offer members the opportunity to grow fresh, organic food while connecting with nature and your community. The Duke Farms Community Garden follows organic practices - everything we teach and do is about working in harmony with nature.
As part of the Duke Farms Education Program, the Community Garden offers a wide variety of educational opportunities such as classroom lectures, “walk and talk” sessions and hands-on workshops. We support a robust “Giving Garden” program which has donated 12,630 pounds of produce to local food banks between 2015 and 2018. All levels of gardeners are welcome to join!
Each garden plot is privately maintained by individual renters. Individuals who live and/or work in Somerset County, New Jersey are eligible to participate; commercial enterprises are not eligible to apply. Plots are rented on a first come, first served basis. New gardeners are restricted to 1 plot in their first year of gardening. Returning gardeners may rent a maximum of 3 plots and will have the opportunity to renew the same plot(s) each year should they wish to.
Plot registration for members of the public opens on January 2 at 9am and runs until February 15, annually. The registration link will be posted on December 20, 2019. There will be ~40 plots available for public rental.
Please review the Participation Requirements.