“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 Trail Cleanup Sunday, June 2nd All are welcome.

A cleanup date for the Johnson Trolley Line and the West Trenton Railroad Trails has been announced.    Make an impact by volunteering today.

Date: Sunday, June 2nd
Time: 8 to 11:30 am

Volunteers will meet at the far end of Whitehead Rd for the Trolley Line Trail and at the back right corner of the DOT complex where Lower Ferry Rd crosses the tracks at the former childcare bldg called Dot Tot.  The Township usually provides bags & gloves. Dress for the weather in comfortable grubbies – gloves, old sneaks, long sleeves, sun & bug protection.
Please join us in helping to keep our Ewing trails beautiful.

For more information please contact Arti Sahni at 609-477-0955.


Shred Day Success!

First Shred Day of 2013

The Green Team at the Ist Shred Day of 2013 - April 27th at Hollowbrook Community Center - the first cars roll inThe First Shred Day of 2013 at Hollowbrook Community Center on April 27th was awe-inspiring. There was a true collaboration of the Twp crew, more than a dozen TCNJ Alpha Phi Omega coed service fraternity members, several Ewing HS key & robotic students, neighborhood association and Green Team volunteers. Especially effective and generous with handouts, food, drink & organization was Recycling Team Leader Lisa Feldman, ably abetted by Kim Nickleson, Joanne Mullowney & Pete Boughton.

There was a steady stream of cars for nearly 4 hours and many got handed the goodie bags of recycling info til they ran out  at about 175.  Mayor Steinmann & Adm Jim McManimon also came  out to share the day. Tip o the hat to Township Recycling Coordinator Tom Elder for an excellent outcome.

Beautification Project and Site Clean Up

Flowers got planted & curb edges scraped of weeds, leaves and man-made trash.  Our student volunteers were awesome!

More to Come…

A whole setup of 3 recycle art projects awaited kids who did not come, but look again on July 20 at ESCC and Nov 30 at Town Hall.

Enjoy the pics from the day.

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