Mission and Vision:
Morris Township is opening its first Community Garden at ValleVue Preserve located on Picatinny Road. The acquisition of 21 acres from the Rosenhaus Estate is the result of a joint effort between Morris Township, The Trust for Public Lands, Morris County Open Space Trust and the Morris County Municipal Utilties Authority (MCMUA). This 3 acre Garden will be administered by the Morris Township Environmental Commission with assistance from the Department of Parks and Recreation. The Garden will provide Morris Township residents with the opportunity to grow quality produce for their families in a way that is healthy to the environment. Our gardeners will practice organic, sustainable methods such as building soil biology and the use of natural mulches for water conservation.
We will be creating a “Giving Garden” which will produce food for local food banks and food kitchens. Gardeners can volunteer their time to help support and maintain our Giving Garden.
Each garden plot will be privately maintained by individual renters. Individuals who live in Morris Township are eligible to participate; commercial enterprises are not eligible to apply. Plots will be rented on a first come, first serve basis. This year all gardeners will all be considered New Gardeners!
10 X 10 (100 Sq. Ft.) = $20, 15 X 15 (225 Sq. Ft.) = $40, 15 X 30 (450 Sq. Ft.) = $60.
Each gardener is responsible for the preparation and regular upkeep of their garden plot, including weeding and harvesting mature produce. We will be open this year from April 1 - until November 31, 2016. Garden plots are offered in AS IS Condition and need to be prepared each season by the participating gardener using strict organic amendments (NO CHEMICAL fertilizers or pesticides) will be allowed. Gardeners will also be responsible for providing their own seeds or plants and must use their own garden tools to tend their plots.
Each gardener must read the Rules and Regulations Handbook, sign the Garden Membership Agreement which includes a “Hold Harmless” Form, fill out the Registration Form and send in with their check for the desired plot size. Gardeners who fail to comply with the requirements will forfeit their plot.
-Maintain a valid email address to receive all communications (unless other arrangements are made with the Garden manager).
-All gardeners must attend Orientation and Introduction to Organic Gardening classes.
-Volunteer 4 hours for the first plot and 1 hour for each additional plot.
-Abide by the Morris Township Community Garden Rules and Regulations as stated in the Garden Handbook.
For more information, please contact your Garden Coordinator, Sue Young at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 201-274-4285 cell/text.