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Largest community garden in USA at Doris Duke’s former New Jersey estate donates tons of organic produce

Duke Farms, the 2,700-acre former estate of globe-trotting philanthropist Doris Duke, is one of the largest preserved properties in the state of New Jersey. Photo credit: Jeff Weiser Click on image for larger file.

The Community Garden is segmented into seven “neighborhoods” with names like Rutabaga Ridge and Brocoli Boro. Each neighborhood has one plot designated as a Giving Garden, where gardeners pitch in.

By Patrick Lavery
New Jersey 101.5
Nov 21, 2016


Last year, gardeners donated 1,600 pounds of produce. That included some 30 different vegetables, chief among them lettuce, kale, tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini and herbs.

Duke Farms set a goal of 2,000 pounds for 2016, but has well surpassed that with 3,190 pounds donated.

The idea for the garden grew out of the emerging want of Somerset County residents who live in condominiums, apartments or neighborhoods where where zoning rules may interfere with gardening.

The Community Garden is the largest allotment-style arrangement in the country, with 462 owners tending to plots of different sizes. Gardeners pay a fee for their piece of soil — $20, $40, or $60 for plots ranging from 10 by 10, 15 by 15 or 15 by 30 feet.

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