Did you know a 2,000 square foot community garden exists on campus?
Located off Metzger Drive between the two lakes (across from the Forcina Hall parking garage), this garden was collaboratively designed and built by a unique partnership. It included Bonner students and staff, TCNJ professors (Janet Gray and Janet Morrisson) and their classes, facilities staff (Ed Gruber and Curt Heuring), non profit colleagues (Meredith Taylor, Neil Hartman and Isles YouthBuild participants) from Isles Inc., and first year CEL I students interested in environmental issues.
All harvests of the garden are donated to the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen, so that patrons there can enjoy fresh produce that was grown just minutes away. In an effort to teach inner city kids about the environment, the garden has also become an outdoor learning lab. Students from Bonner’s main educational site – the Hedgepeth-Williams (K-8) school in Trenton have learned and served at this site. It has also become a community-building space – as members of the TCNJ community now have another place to interact and get to know each other.
The garden is regularly maintained by the Bonner Scholars Environmental Team and a team of student, faculty and staff volunteers. To volunteer, please contact Erica Hernandez at email@example.com.
TCNJ students are also encouraged to learn more about the Environmental Studies Interdisciplinary Concentration.
Click here to learn more about the garden and to follow it as it grows!