Community Gardens Presentation at Mercer County Extension Office on January 30th

Master Gardeners and community gardeners Dave Byers and Jim Simon will present an inspiring talk on Thursday, January 30th from 7 – 8:30 p.m. on community gardening.

Their talk will include such topics as:

  • What is a community garden?
  • Who can join a community garden?
  • Why would you do so?
  • How and where do you sign up?
  • What plants do best in a community garden setting?

Master Gardeners with experience in community gardening will provide an overview of those available in Trenton and other locations in Mercer County.

About the Presenters

David Byers has practiced as a licensed landscape architect for over 30 years, including work with Isles as a landscape consultant.  He is a Master Gardener volunteer at the Mercer County Extension Office, and long time community gardener.  He designed and coordinates the Bethany House of Hospitality Community Garden and  the Westminster Wellspring Garden, both in Trenton.   He is a 2014 appointee to the Ewing Green Team.

Jim Simon, Urban Agriculture Manager, Isles, Inc. has been involved in environmental and youth education for over twenty years. He is a Master Gardener volunteer through Rutgers Cooperative Extension and is also on the steering committee of the Trenton Cycling Revolution, a bicycling advocacy group.

Pre-Registration Required

Advance sign up is required at the Mercer Extension office. Call 989-6830 to pre-register.

Date: Thursday, January 30th
Time: 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Location: Mercer County Extension Office: 930 Spruce Street, Lawrence, NJ Adjacent to the Trenton Farmer’s Market

“It takes a Village” at the Ewing Community Gardens

It was a great day last Saturday!  With the help and energy of yet another contingent of TCNJ student volunteers under the direction of Professor Michael Nordquist and the Community Gardens Committee we accomplished what we have been trying to do all season – decimate a huge mulch pile and put its contents onto the paths of the Ewing Community Gardens on Whitehead Road Extension.  This was a fabulous accomplishment and will make a tremendous difference to the gardeners who use the site.   Gardeners have already commented on how much easier the site is to use this year since they didn’t have to do quite so much bushwhacking to get to their plots.  The efforts of the students and gardeners Saturday have sustained and greatly improved upon our previous efforts.  In addition, we were delighted to have the compost bins set up for the gardeners use.  Now they won’t have to cart out the weedy debris but can be more environmentally friendly and compost it on site.  The weeding and the planting efforts that they contributed were just the icing on the cake!

Ewing Township, the Green Team and most especially the community gardeners have been the recipients of a number of student volunteer community service days this year and are all deeply grateful for all of the hard work that the students put in.  We believe that in addition to implementing more environmentally friendly practices at the gardens, the cleanup days, so wonderfully supported by the students, are helping to create the community in our community gardens.

For more photos from the day, check our Photos page.

raking autumn leaves

Ewing Community Gardens Fall Clean Up This Saturday

A Fall Workday Planned for Sept 21st from 9 – 5.  All hands are needed.

This is a heads up that a site clean up for the Community Gardens is planned for this Saturday, the 21st from 9 – 5.  We are extremely fortunate in that we are going to have the volunteer services of a team of Bonner and other TCNJ students.   We also hope that some of the gardeners will participate.
We ask for your help with our agenda for the day.  All contributions of newspaper (no glossy pages) and cardboard would be most appreciated for weed suppression in the paths.  We also desperately need wheelbarrows (and possibly shovels) to move the mulch.  If you have tools that we could use for the day we would be very grateful.  Any contributions of homemade goodies to sustain the workers would also be gratefully accepted.  And finally, if you could donate an hour or two of your time weeding, moving mulch, etc., it would be incredibly helpful.  We have a lot of work facing us and as they say, many hands make light work.
Thanks to all for their anticipated assistance and community spirit.

Ewing Community Gardens Meeting

Planning Session For Management of the 2013 Ewing Community Gardens

Spring will be here before you know it and it’s not too early to plan for the 2013 Ewing Community Gardens at Whitehead Road Extension.  At the top of the agenda is suggesting guidelines for management of the site to the Township for approval.    These rules will provide guidelines for proper gardening etiquette for the site and detail exactly what is expected from all gardeners.

Suggested rules from the American Community Gardening Association have been incorporated into a survey posted on our new Survey page.  All participants should first complete the survey .  This will enable us to tabulate suggestions and discover important issues from prior plot holders and propose any solutions needed.  Previous plot holders are welcome and their feedback would be greatly valued.

All are welcome.

Date: Wednesday: January 30, 2013
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Ewing Senior and Community Center [ESCC]

Ewing Community Gardens Meeting

You’re Invited!

The 2nd meeting of the Ewing Community Gardens Group will be held this Wednesday, November 14th from 7 – 9 p.m. at the Ewing Senior and Community Center, 999 Lower Ferry Road in the Boardroom.


  • Introductions
  • About the Green Team & ESCC
  • Survey results
  • Brainstorming results from the last meeting
  • Begin planning for the three areas of interest to date:
    • Gardening education – Possible topics
  • Whitehead Road Expansion
  • Senior Garden – Update
  •  Set schedule for regular meetings and educational events
  • Announcement of coming events:
    • Next meeting date – Wednesday, January 9th at the ESCC Boardroom from 7 – 9 pm –
  • Summary and Conclusion

We hope to see you there.