Community Garden

Our Community Farm Program is maintained by volunteers. We are always looking for volunteers to grow and maintain produce for the Food Bank in this, our fourth year of a very successful program. The Food Bank has the use of one (1) acre of land donated by a local farmer located on Canal Road in Franklin Township. The farm is planted with produce that we grow for Food Bank clients. For the past few years the garden provided over 2,000 pounds of fresh produce which included tomatoes and peppers. In order for the Community Farm to continue to be successful, we rely on volunteers — including schools, civic groups, businesses, families and individuals — to give us a hand. All ages are welcome!

The program runs from late May to October. Activities include planting, weeding and picking. Gardening experience is nice but not necessary.

Do you have a green thumb or would you like to earn one?

Join our Somerset County Master Gardener, Lauren Randolph. Grow with Us (Community Farm Flyer). If you are interested in our community garden, please contact Ellen Zimmerman to schedule your group.

What’s Growing in Your Garden?

There is nothing better than fresh produce, especially if it is grown locally in the Garden State! But do you ever run into planting more than you can ever possibly use? You’ve given your friends, neighbors and co-workers your crops but you still have so much left over. Are you at the point where even the deer have had enough of all of the green peppers and tomatoes! Have you thought about donating some of your “crops” to the Franklin Township Food Bank? Our clients love fresh, healthy produce and we love nothing better than being able to provide it to them. So, next time you are wondering what to do with all of your fresh fruits and vegetables (or even herbs!), please remember that we’d be more than happy to take them. Donations are accepted at the Food Bank on Mondays through Thursdays from 10AM until 2:30PM.

Who’s Been Tending to the Crops?

We couldn’t do it without the wonderful volunteers who have been planting, weeding, and harvesting the crops. Thank you to the many volunteer groups!


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