Township Randolph: The Randolph Community Garden continues to grow


September 24, 2021

On Friday, September 10th, 2021, the Randolph Community Garden hosted its first potluck dinner. The event marked the end of the gardening season for the community garden at Veterans Community Park.

The dinner, which took place under the covered pavilion in the park, was attended by over 70 people, including members of the community garden, family, friends and local officials.

Over the past two years, the community garden has developed under the direction of community garden coordinator Mike Dziomba, the community garden committee and a high level of community engagement, both literally and figuratively.

With 133 gardeners managing 168 beds, the company is working to capacity and new applicants are placed on the waiting list. The Randolph Township Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department provides maintenance support and administrative assistance, all funded by the bed fees of the participating gardeners. Everyone does their part to ensure that the garden grows. The garden is also completely organic, meaning only natural fertilizers and pesticides are used.

This year the committee started “Walk and Talks” on Thursday evening at 7:00 pm. Participants walked around the garden discussing which plants were doing well compared to others, agricultural pests and diseases, and other observations and considerations. These informative conversations led to the establishment of a pollinator garden of wildflowers to attract bees and good beetles to support the organic growth of the garden. Beehives could be on the agenda for the next year.

Current gardeners have until October 4th, 2021 to renew their beds for 2021-2022. Once the extensions are confirmed, it will determine how many beds are available and fill them from the existing waiting list.

Residents interested in membership in the community garden can register on the waiting list at the leisure office by calling 973.989.7081.

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