Monmouth University’s Community Garden exceeded its harvesting goal and has donated to date 2,238 pounds of fresh produce to local organizations and individuals in need. Local agencies that benefited from the donations include Lutheran Church of the Reformation Food Pantry, Soup D’Shore at St. Luke’s Methodist Church, Long Branch Senior Center, Ronald McDonald House, and American Recreational Military Services.
The Community Garden, located on University-owned land between Beechwood and Brookwillow Avenues in West Long Branch, executed its first planting season in April 2010, but this season’s harvests mark the largest donation of fresh produce to the community.
In addition to the donations yielded through the summer harvest, Community Garden organizers report that they still have fall crops, including rutabaga, red beets, and green beans, to harvest and donate through October.
For more information on the Monmouth University Community Garden, visit www.monmouth.edu/communitygarden.