community garden at south branch preserve

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The Community Garden at South Branch Preserve is located on the westbound side of Wolfe Road, near the intersection with Route 46 East. There are a total of 145 10′ x 10′ plots, which are available on a first come, first served basis. Annual membership rates for residents of Mt. Olive Township and members of The Land Conservancy are $35 per plot; nonresident and nonmembers pay $45. There is a one-time irrigation fee of $30, and spigots for watering are located throughout the garden.

The garden is surrounded by fencing to keep out deer, rabbits, groundhogs, and other nuisance animals. A shed on site houses gardening supplies, though gardeners are encouraged to bring their own tools. Organic gardening practices only are allowed at the preserve.

Gardeners are encouraged to join the volunteer committee. Throughout the season, programs and information are offered to support and educate members about gardening and practices. Potluck dinners and other social events are held during the summer months for garden members and their families.

The Community Garden is part of the 200-acre South Branch Preserve, which was purchased to protect the headwaters of the South Branch of the Raritan River. The Raritan supplies drinking water supply for over 1.5 million New Jersey residents.

The Community Garden is open from April 1 through November 30. For additional information, to reserve a plot, or volunteer, contact the garden manager at gardenmanager@tlc-nj.org.