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Elks Build a Community Garden

The South Orange Elks, Maplewood Community Garden and Rent Party are using the front yard of the Elks Lodge to grow some food for the needy.

Saturday was a good day for building a garden.

Just ask the South Orange Elks and members of the Maplewood Community Garden. The two groups are cooperating to bring a new community garden to the front lawn of the Elks Lodge on Prospect Street in South Orange — across the street from Our Lady of Sorrows Church.

The Maplewood Community Garden already has gardens in two other locations: and behind the . Irene Dunsavage has led the Community Garden's efforts, now entering its third planting season.

On Saturday, members of both groups as well as Boy Scouts from Troop 60 put their backs into building raised beds for the garden which will provide produce to local food pantries.

The garden is being funded by the monthly . The Elks Garden is a first gardening venture for the Rent Party, which raises funds for food pantries at its monthly music event at the Elks Lodge, and for Rent Party organizer Chris Dickson.

Chris Dickson April 23, 2012 at 07:31 PM
" ...which raises funds for food pantries at its monthly music event at the Elks Lodge, and for Rent Party organizer Chris Dickson ..." Hey, wait a minute!! Thanks so much to Boy Scout Troop 60 ... And thank you to Bunny's who donated pizzas to help feed all the Worker Bees ... If you think you'd be interested in helping out in The Garden, email us at info@rentpartylive.com ...
Barbara Heisler April 23, 2012 at 08:10 PM
But, a great article to give visibility to a great group of folks doing wonderful work in our community! We often forget, in a community such as ours, that we have neighbors who are struggling ... and hunger is especially easy to hide. Thank you Chris, David, SO Elks, and the Rent Party crew for making the gardens public and visible. May they serve as a reminder that we must care for our neighbors.
Chris Dickson April 24, 2012 at 06:34 PM
If there are any perennials in your garden that you'd like to thin-out, please hit us with a message ... We're looking for perennials that need a good home! You can email us at info@rentparty.com ... Thanks!

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