the Community Garden at South Branch Preserve has plots available for the 2019 season

Mt. Olive NJ — Now entering its seventh year of operation, the Community Garden at South Branch Preserve has plots available for the 2019 season, which runs from April 1st through November 30th.

An informational meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 20 at 6:45pm at the Mt. Olive Township public library,202 Flanders-Drakestown Rd, Flanders, NJ 07836.  Free vegetable seeds will be available to interested gardeners,and sign ups for plots may be completed at this time.

“The camaraderie and friendships among the gardeners has been amazing, and the gardeners donated over 514pounds of produce in 2018,” said Barbara McCloskey, the Garden Manager and Membership & Outreach Manager for the Land Conservancy.

The annual membership rate for Mt. Olive Township residents and/or members of The Land Conservancy is $35 per 10’ x10’ plot and $45 for non- residents. There is a one-time irrigation fee of

$30 for each plot.

The Community Garden is located at the intersection of Wolfe Road and Route 46 West. It is part of South Branch Preserve, which totals over 200 acres in this location.  Preserved by The Land Conservancy and its partners (includingMt. Olive Township) this land was purchased to protect the headwaters of the South Branch of the Raritan River, a drinking water supply source for over 1.5 million New Jersey residents.

The garden is surrounded by fencing, to keep out deer and rodents, including rabbits and groundhogs. A shed is located onsite, which houses some gardening supplies. Gardeners are encouraged to bring their own gardening tools.Water is provided by The Land Conservancy by individual spigots and hoses throughout the garden. Only organicgardening practices are allowed at the Preserve.

For additional information, contact Barbara McCloskey at The Land Conservancy of New Jersey at

(973) 541-1010, x14, or visit our website at


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