On Miller Street in Montclair, tucked behind an apartment, is a community garden flourishing with all types of delicious food. What started in the spring by HOMECorp, has continued to grow and bring the community together.
While many adults oversee and tend the garden, it’s been kids who have volunteered many hours building, planting, and painting that has made it a beautiful place to be. I was invited to visit a few weeks ago by HOMECorp coordinator, Gwen Battle. The day I visited, the Montclair YMCA Travel Teen Camp was there for their weekly visit. They arrived and started painting the shed with the beautiful pastel colors that run throughout the garden. Other volunteers have been The Civics and Government Insitute from MHS, Temple Ner Tamid, Toni’s Kitchen, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church and First United Methodist Church of Montclair.
Sponsors for the garden include: Mountainside Health Foundation, Red Star Paint and Decoration Center, Zaentz Hardware, O’Boyle Landscaping, Wallwood Garden, Kitchen and Bath Design Gallery, and Corbin Construction
The garden is coordinated by volunteer and Glen Ridge resident Tim DeLorm and Doreen Neil Harris who is the HOMECorp tenant garden coordinator who oversees tenant participation in the project. For $20 a plot, you can grow your choice of veggies.
The garden is available to community members of all ages and is accessible to volunteers with physical disabilities. The garden looks great, but still needs volunteers. Contact HOMECorp at 973.744.4141 for a complete list of items that are needed to continue to keep this shared gardening space accessible, dynamic, and beautiful.