Located at 280 Erie Avenue, the Community Garden began in 2011 after the idea had floated around for more than a decade. Green Team member John Hughes helped spearhead the project, and volunteers from Rutherford came together to build, maintain and expand the garden, which spans almost an entire block.
The Green Team received a $25,000 grant from Wal-Malt and Sustainable Jersey to help expand the garden, install rubber sidewalks, and have the soil tested (which resulted in favorable results for the soil).
The garden has grown to 25 beds, and also includes a tree nursery, where trees are able to mature before they are replanted in Rutherford.
There are gardening beds reserved for gardeners from the the Kip Center, for gardeners with wheelchairs, for the Green Team, Garden Club and Women’s Club. The remaining beds are available for residents, community organizations or businesses. If you would like to reserve a garden plot, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.