Rowan College at Gloucester
County (RCGC) invites local green thumbs to join the 2019 crop of planters who
will participate in the Community Gardens Project, a charitable program that
benefits student scholarships. For the 46th year, tomatoes, corn,
beans and peppers, along with a variety of other crops, will grow on the two
acres adjacent to the College’s parking lot.
On Monday, March 11,
retired Professor Henry Ryder will host an organizational meeting where area
gardeners and outdoor enthusiasts can obtain more information on this summer’s program.
The meeting takes place on campus at 7:30 p.m. in the Library Board Room.
From late March
until early December, planters can secure a 600 sq. ft. plot for a $25 donation
to the RCGC Scholarship Foundation, or a 1200 sq. ft. plot for a $45 donation.
Additional plots are available at $20 each. Returning senior citizens may
reserve additional plots for $15 each. For convenience, the College will set up
a large water tank on site for gardeners to use.
Gardens Project brings together people with a common interest. It also provides
an opportunity for those who live in apartments, condominiums and homes where
space is limited to grow flowers, plants, fruits and vegetables.
“For the last 45 years, approximately 40
gardeners per year have participated in the Community Gardens Project,” said
Ryder. “All donations go directly to the College’s scholarship Foundation. Since
it began, the project has helped generate more than $55,000 on our students’ behalf.
Last year, our generous gardeners donated $2,700. The project was started 45
years ago by then professor and Foundation Board member Carl Chance. When he
retired in the 1980s, economics instructor Ryder picked up the hoe and has directed
the program ever since.
information, call Ryder at 856-589-3270 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
The 250-acre RCGC campus occupies land that until the
mid-1960s represented some of the most fertile land within Deptford Township.
The campus is located at 1400 Tanyard Road in Deptford, just off Exit 56 of