Community Gardens at the DRC
On Sunday, July 15, 2012, volunteers for the Newburgh Preservation Association (NPA) planted the seeds of "Harvesting History: The Community Gardens at the Dutch Reformed Church."
The goal of "Harvesting History" is to raise awareness of the group's preservation activities at the historic landmark while setting aside a portion of its grounds for community gardens that will yield organic, locally-grown vegetables to help sustain and nourish the City of Newburgh's poor and hungry.
Volunteers built beds, loaded soil, and planted vegetables on the hot Sundary afternoon, finishing just before a torrential rain came to water the new plantings.
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Conceived by NPA, "Harvesting History" reflects the joint efforts of a number of local government and non-profit organizations. The City of Newburgh, which owns the DRC, surveyed the property. Chad Wade, a landscape architect with Orange County Planning, designed the garden plan.
Once in motion, PathStone, a not-for-profit regional community development and human service organization overseeing a number of sustainable farm projects in Newburgh, assisted NPA in planning and implementing the garden beds.
The Greater Newburgh Partnership then donated the funds to build a protective wooden fence, while the Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union donated the moneys for a bench.
Going forward, the community gardens at the DRC will be tended by volunteers from St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church in Newburgh, and NPA will donate whatever foods are grown on the property to the church's thriving food pantry and soup kitchen.
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