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Shrewsbury Community Garden Grows

The bylaws for the garden were approved on Monday.

With its first planting season over and done, the new Shrewsbury Community Garden will be more official and organized for its sophomore season next year.

The community garden bylaws were approved at Monday night's Shrewsbury Borough Council meeting.

The new bylaws state the garden's purpose — recreation and the preservation of open space, among other things — to regulate membership rules and fee responsibilities. The exact membership fees for each season are to be determined by the Shrewsbury Gardening Committee.

The idea of a community garden was conceived more than a year ago, in July 2011, eventually resulting in a garden committee being formed.

Nevertheless, initiatives to get the project underway have moved slowly, partially due to the fact that public interest had to be gauged through open meetings and interest sessions.

Though gardeners hoped to start planting in May of this year, planting didn't actually get underway until late July. The garden's . It then closed for the season on Dec. 1.

This year, fresh produce from the garden's final harvest of the season was donated to those in need in nearby Sea Bright in Sandy's aftermath.

Shrewsbury is far from alone in its endeavors and obstacles faced when it comes to community gardens. Red Bank has faced various problems of its own while trying to establish a community garden in the borough for more than a year as well. 

According to Councilman Jeffrey DeSalvo, people will be able to sign up for plots in the Shrewsbury community garden on Jan. 14, 2013. 

Photos of the community garden and information about the Shrewsbury garden club can be viewed on their Facebook page. Though gardening may not be "in season" at this time of year, the group nevertheless participates in winter activities — including decorating Borough Hall for the holidays in addition to a room at Drumthwacket, the Governor's Mansion. 

Cindy Burnham December 18, 2012 at 04:30 PM
Red Bank council took 2 years before telling the garden committee that they had to use Marion St for the garden. The garden committee had asked to use 94Front St. (the un used lot NEXT to the RB Library), land surrounding the Maple Cove Parking Lot and an un used lot at Marine Park. Horgan & Lee both stated many times that they wanted the garden to be in a more accessable location so that more RB Residents could use it. So Marion St.?
S.G. December 18, 2012 at 04:30 PM
What a joke.....they won't use the property for something useful like ball fields for the kids...instead they put this eye sore out there that can only be used by a select few. Good Going Shrewsbury Council
Barney December 19, 2012 at 12:35 AM
The mayor hasn't done a thing to make this town nicer. He knows how to raise taxes but drives around the potholes and strewn garbage everywhere. The council is even worse.
ExChief December 20, 2012 at 02:59 PM
Barney I have to say after all your complaining I had to take a ride thru Shrewsbury to see how bad it actually has gotten, other then a few potholes here and there the town looked pretty damn good I saw no garbage strewn all over the place no brush in the roadways, leaves yes but thats understandable are you sure your in the right town?

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