JFS Plants Nutritional Garden in Pleasantville

Posted on April 28, 2015

A dozen volunteers, staff and community members gathered on Friday, April 24, 2015 to help build and plant the JFS Community Garden in Pleasantville. Everyone who helped with the garden worked together as a team to build the raised beds, shovel mounds of dirt and prepare the garden, making for another successful planting day.

With three raised beds, the garden currently contains a variety of early season vegetables and herbs such as lettuce, beets, radishes, kale, onions, chamomile and chives. Also, a watermelon and pumpkin were planted at the request of consumers. Colorful accent flowers were also planted to beautify the area surrounding the garden and yard. Liz Donaghy, owner, Garden Goddess by the Sea, and Laura Engelmann of AtlantiCare organized the planting to ensure maximum results. With the dirt generously donated by ACUA and Cookie Till, owner, Steve and Cookie’s By the Bay, helping with the garden beds, this is a true community-wide initiative.

Now in its second year, the JFS Community Garden in Pleasantville, funded by AtlantiCare’s Growing Green initiative, was created to improve the nutrition and physical activity of the community and to encourage social interactions among mental health consumers.

“The Community Garden offers JFS consumers a great opportunity to get outside and participate in some physical activity as well as contribute to a healthy lifestyle,” said Andrea Steinberg, JFS CEO. “The consumers had a fun time engaging and working in the garden during planting day and they are looking forward to helping maintain the garden throughout the year.”

The JFS Community Garden will be sustained from April through October. Volunteers are needed throughout the summer to help weed, water and harvest the garden. JFS will also offer health and wellness programming with AtlantiCare throughout the year including a healthy dinner made with vegetables from the garden as well as nutrition workshops.

AtlantiCare and JFS will host a second planting day Friday, May 15th at 11:30 am. This will include planting warmer weather crops such as tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, etc. For more information about the Community Garden, please contact Jewish Family Service at 609-822-1108.