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March 2012 Key Club magazine



Washington Community Garden
Warren Hills Regional High School Key Club
Washington, New Jersey
Awarded US$2,000 in 2010

the problem In this borough about an hour west of New York City, most people live in apartments. If they have a backyard, it’s too small, sandy or shady for gardening. 

the solution Combine the $2,000 YOF grant with other donations from businesses, community groups and the local Kiwanis club to organize an association and create a 72-plot organic vegetable and flower garden with two water pumps and a deer fence. 

the community impact “We now have 90 different groups working in the garden, exchanging tips and becoming close friends,” says John Finnegan, Key Clubber and president of the garden association. “It’s amazing how many vegetables you can get out of a small plot of land. We donated more than 1,000 pounds to our food pantry last year.” 

now what? The Key Club is teaming up with the garden association to add 23 plots, four water pumps, brick walkways and birdhouses. Together, they plan to build a wheelchair-accessible plot this spring and continue their gardener potlucks.

See more photos and project updates on the garden’s blog site at

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