The rapid growth of the community garden movement hinges on the obvious: Gardening is rewarding, and gardening with others divides the work and multiplies the fun… In New Jersey as elsewhere, the number of plots devoted to community gardens has risen sharply in the past few years. Driven in part by economic belt-tightening and partly by concerns about food safety, growing your own is a new-again trend. It was almost inevitable that community gardeners, a gregarious bunch by nature, would gravitate toward a chance to meet and mingle… The idea of "community" has branched out into several projects. There are volunteers growing crops for the local food pantry, mental health professionals running horticultural therapy programs and demonstration plots tended by Master Gardeners, who are trained in every county by the Rutgers Cooperative Extension Service.
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