Community Gardens 2012


Volunteers planting on 7/14/2012 


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" was 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, before a torrential rain came to water the plantings.

View news story in the Times-Herald Record

"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. PathStone, a not-for-profit regional community development and human service organization, assisted NPA in planning the garden beds. The Greater Newburgh Partnership donated funds to build a protective wooden fence, while Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union donated moneys for a bench.

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