Raven SantanaApr 20, 2017, 9:19 am

NJ gardeners combat food insecurity with thriving community garden

Shiloh Community Garden transformed a once a dirt parking lot in New Brunswick in 2010

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A volunteer agency that serves the hungry is now able to offer fresh meals with locally grown food in an effort to combat food insecurity.

A thriving community garden was once a dirt parking lot between George Street and Neilson Street in New Brunswick.The empty space transformed into Shiloh Community Garden in May 2010.

The garden was a collaborative project between the City of New Brunswick, United Methodist Church and Elijah's Promise.

Anthony Capece is the planning director of Elijah's Promise, a volunteer-run soup kitchen serving those who are food insecure. It has grown to serve thousands of meals each year. Now, Elijah's Promise is celebrating the expansion of its garden that has grown from 20 community garden plots to 50 plots.

Gardeners also meet monthly for shared work days and workshops during the growing season to give them an opportunity to socialize and gain gardening tips from each other.

The gardening season runs from April to late October and the one-time fee for leasing a bed is $20.

Capece says last week, the Shiloh Community Garden sold its last plot.

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