Taking steps today to preserve tomorrow

Community Garden

The  Rutherford Green Team wants Rutherfordians to get back into the garden. The community garden, that is.

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 rutherfordgreenteam@gmail.com.

The Garden is located at:
280 Erie Ave at Jackson Ave
Rutherford, NJ (next to Katie’s Corner)

Come by and get involved with a great project.

4 Responses

    • Vanessa says:

      I don’t know about any plans, but I built some elevated beds by tankig a piece of 5/8 treated plywood and building a stand for it out of 4 4 s. The stand has to be pretty stout, it will be holding a lot of weight. Build the frame first then set it on the legs, It has six legs. I have a full frame around the outside with two cross pieces evenly spaced from end to end. I cut sides and ends out of another piece of plywood 16 tall and then attached them to the floor by running a 2 2 around the edge , set back far enough so that the outside of the sides and ends are even with the edge of the floor. I ran another wall across four feet from each end and stiffened that with 2 4 s. I used screws throughout that are rated for use in treated lumber.I have three of the beds that are three years old and still going great. Don’t forget to drill holes in the floor for drainage.

  • peri says:

    Hi, just moved to Rutherford and I am delighted to hear about a GREEN TEAM!
    Do you compost?

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