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Gardening the Garden State

New Jersey Community Garden Management

Community gardens are found across New Jersey, from cities to suburbs and even rural areas. This project aims to look across the diverse contexts to better understand some of the common themes and issues among community gardens broadly in order to help gardeners and community groups manage these sites.

We have been crossing the state of New Jersey and talking with community gardeners and garden coordinators about their experiences. We are finding that New Jersey has a diversity of community garden efforts, which is not surprising given the variety of urban and suburban landscapes found across the state. Among this diversity, however, there seem to be some common experiences and challenges. This research thus aims to uncover the ways that various community garden groups encounter and engage these challenges in their specific contexts, and to help connect these efforts in a way that improves community gardening statewide.

Please visit our resources page for some initial documentation of this project. More thorough analysis is forthcoming.

Project locations have so far included the following cities and towns:

  • Atlantic City
  • Belmar
  • Camden
  • Delanco
  • East Brunswick
  • Elizabeth
  • Hillsborough
  • Hoboken
  • Hopatcong
  • Jersey City
  • Lawrenceville
  • Linden
  • Maplewood
  • Moorestown
  • Morristown
  • Newark
  • New Brunswick
  • Pleasantville
  • Trenton
  • West Milford