Spring is not far off and now’s the time to grow local and get involved in community gardening in Ewing. Ewing Township invites interested residents to register for a garden plot at the Ewing Community Gardens on Whitehead Road Extension.
Returning gardeners can register beginning on March 1st. New applicants may register beginning March 15th.
There is an active gardening organization so be sure to meet your neighbors and get involved. Regular site clean ups will be held.
REGISTRATION DETAILS FOR THE 2021 GARDENING SEASON
The 2021 registration for garden plots at the Ewing Community Gardens on Whitehead Road Extension will begin in March in the
Office of the Clerk (2nd floor)
2 Jake Garzio Drive
Ewing, NJ 08628
In Person Registrations Are By Appointment Only
Call 609-538-7609 To Schedule
Plots are $5.00 each and you can purchase up to two plots.
Please fill out the following (We ask that you please prefill to help shorten your personal interaction in the Clerk’s Office during the Pandemic.):
- Monday, March 1, 2021 Registration will Open for Previous Year Plot Holders. (Owners of Plots in 2020 will have an opportunity to reserve their same plots from the prior year.)
- Monday, March 15, 2021 Registration will Open for New Applicants
- Thursday, April 15, 2021 If there are still plots available on April 15th, 2021 you may purchase additional plot(s). Please call the clerk’s office at (609) 538-7609 to find out if more plots are available.
New applicants must be present to buy their plot(s). Previous Year Plot Holders may drop off their filled application forms along with their payments in the Tax Drop Box at the rear of the Municipal Building (upper level). Garden plots are open to Ewing Township residents only with proof of residency required. No exceptions will be made!
We request that you supply us with a valid email address to ensure that we can keep you up to date on all information related to the gardens.
The official opening of the gardens is weather determined and announced later in the season.
For information about the Ewing Community Gardens Association email firstname.lastname@example.org. Look for the upcoming ad in the March Ewing Observer.
COMMUNITY GARDENS CORONAVIRUS GUIDELINES
To help prevent the spread of the coronavirus and keep both the garden and gardeners safe, we recommend following these guidelines while gardening on site.
MOST IMPORTANT: IF YOU FEEL AT ALL SICK, STAY HOME.
Ask a friend or fellow gardener to water your plot if you need to. You can email garden leadership if you don’t have someone to help. They may be able to help your make alternate arrangements. It is essential that we continue to work diligently to reduce the spread and keep this virus out of the garden.
We recommend using tools that you bring from home if you have them (and take them home with you when you leave). If you need to use the community tools such as the wheelbarrows and hoses, please follow these guidelines:
- Wash or hand sanitize your hands before touching the tools. Gloves help here.
- Don’t touch your face while using the tool (and until you remove your glove and wash/sanitize your hands).
- Be sure to wash your hands frequently, especially before and after touching the shared tools, hoses, etc. Carry hand sanitizer or bring a Ziplock bag or other container with soap, a washcloth, or nailbrush inside.
- Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds.
- We will not have paper towels at the garden, so air drying or wiping on the inside of your shirt is best.
Garden gloves are not a substitute for proper hand sanitation procedures. The outside of your glove can transmit diseases from one surface to another, including transmitting the disease to yourself and others. It is a good idea to wear gloves while in the garden, but not a replacement for sanitation.
Follow CDC recommendations for wearing masks, especially when you might be close to others. A well-fitting face mask might not filter out the virus, but it will keep you from touching your face and keep you from spreading the virus if you are asymptomatic yet infected.
MAINTAIN SOCIAL DISTANCE
- Stay 6 feet from other gardeners
- Young children should stay in their garden plot or with an adult
- Work at being efficient when you are using shared spaces or during joint projects