Where Volunteers Till the Soil to Feed Their Neighbors
Judea Garden began in spring 2009. Our goal was to provide fresh produce for members of our community with limited financial resources. We also wanted to give volunteers an opportunity to continue to help their neighbors during difficult economic times.
Judea Garden locaed in at Macricostas Preserve and one on private land, literally blossomed as a result of donations of cash and sweat equity by close to 100 individuals, schools, churches, civic organizations and businesses.
The project has been a success. Now in its ninth season, Judea Garden has grown, harvested and distributed 30,000 lbs. of fresh produce to members of our community with limited financial resources. We have seen an increase in use of 15% – 20% in our target towns of Washington and New Milford and have extended our help to Kent, Sharon, Torrington and Waterbury.
With community help, the garden will continue to grow. Through the use of cold frames, covers and low tunnels we now harvest from April through November and we will continue to find new ways to increase efficiency and production.
Our goal for the future is to ensure the sustainability and security of the program itself. Please help us make a difference.
Donations of time, money and gardening items (shovels, rakes, etc.) will be gratefully accepted.
To make a tax-deductible donation, please send a check – payable to Steep Rock Association, with “Judea Garden” on the memo line.
Steep Rock Association, Inc.
P.O. Box 279
Washington Depot, Connecticut 06794-0279.
Judea Garden could not exist without the underlying support of the Town of Washington and St. John’s Church.
Weekly distribution in Washington will begin Monday, July 3, 2016.
Location is in the Main Hall of Bryan Memorial Town Hall, Washington.
Vegetables will be available from 11:45 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Depending upon the time of the season available produce might includes broccoli, mustard greens, Swiss chard, lettuce, rhubarb, tomatoes, beans, summer squash, winter squash, eggplant, peppers, peas, carrots, cauliflower, raspberries and herbs.
Produce is available to those who need them. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org, call Denise Arturi at (860) 868-9131 or call the Selectmen’s office at (860) 868-2259.
Judea Garden Volunteers
Volunteers are the backbone of Judea Garden. Without them, we would not be able to bring fresh produce to those in need.
There are so many ways to help, whether in the Garden itself, helping with distribution or doing supportive work that keeps the Judea Garden project going. There’s a place for every volunteer to use their skills or develop new ones.
Volunteer in the Garden:
- Adopt a Crop – Grab a bunch of folks, pick a crop and off you go. You plant, weed, water and guide the crop to fruition.
- General Volunteer – There is always so much to do in the Garden and many crops to take care of. You don’t need to know a lot about gardening just be willing to help out. You can come on Tuesdays and Thursdays when Denise is in the Garden or come when your schedule allows, checking the notice board for tasks that need to be completed.
- Harvest – During the main growing season we harvest Tuesdays and Thursdays (check for times) and need many hands to pick, weigh and pack the produce for distribution.
- Take a look at our Volunteer Guideline for more information. Judea Garden Volunteer Guidelines
- Drive produce to food banks or culinary school, either weekly or when needed.
- Set up distribution in Washington: helping to set up, label and organize vegetables.
- Breakdown distribution: packing any leftovers for further distribution and cleaning tables.
Volunteer Supportive Help:
- Help tally harvest weights in an Excel worksheet.
- Communications (Thank you notes, newsletter, emails)
- Public Relations
- Garden photographer
- Events (Open Garden Day)