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Director of Recreation & Senior Services
Deputy Township Manager

Monica Vandenberg

Recreation & Senior Services Supervisor
Debbie Rumbos

Special Services &
Communications Supervisor
 
Allison Bittner

Recreation & Senior Services
Gibson House

535 East Main Street
Marlton, NJ 08053

Phone: 856-985-9792
Fax:  856-985-2878

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Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday
8:00am - 4:00pm

 

CommunityGardenFor more than a decade, residents have been gathering at the Evesham Township Recreation Facility for the Evesham Community Garden, formerly the Plant-a-Patch program. The gardeners will continue to sow their crop of choice. The dedicated gardeners, who have returned annually, have formed a committee to oversee and maintain the plots. “We are thrilled that our residents want to continue and oversee the Plant-a-Patch program the township established 12 years ago,” Monica Vandenberg said, Director of Recreation and Senior Services. “We underestimated the amount of time, energy and money that goes into a vegetable garden and the township needed to revisit the program. When the gardeners were made aware of our concerns, they immediately had an interest in maintaining the plots with minimal assistance from the township.” The gardening area is divided into 54 plots. Residents who sign up for the program will foster flowers, vegetables, herbs and create their garden of choice. In the past, the township has plowed the area and installed stakes to separate the plots. Since taking over, gardeners have been working to update and expand the program.

“They have been meeting monthly during the fall and winter to develop a plan to improve on the plots,” Debbie Rumbos said, recreation department liaison for the group. “Their first order of business was to change the name.” One of the best benefits of the program is transforming personal health through organic fruits and vegetables straight from the source.

“There has been growth in edible gardening from both experienced gardeners as well as from an influx of new gardeners,” Vandenberg said. “Garden plots are a great way to promote food security and access to better diets.” The Evesham Community Garden is another avenue to get involved in and socialize with neighbors. Through garden cultivation, the community can cultivate learning.

“Garden plots provide a good platform for our youth by learning a variety of skills needed to produce food,” Vandenberg said. “We are pleased to see such focus on environmental projects such as the plant a patch garden.” The program runs from April through November. Renting a plot in the garden will still be handled through the township.

The information is available in our spring brochure, which is available online at Regreation Programs or you can pick up a hard copy at the library, Gibson House or rec center.