Long Branch: The Long Branch Concordance Family Success Center and the City of Long Branch kicked the 7th Avenue Community Garden 2012 program on Saturday morning, April 14. Breakfast was provided and garden tools were handed out as LBC Staff members assigned each family their own garden plots for them to prepare for planting. Families will grow fresh produce and have family fun in the process.
The community garden is located on Seventh Avenue opposite the A.A. Anastasia School. The city’s Urban Enterprise Zone has provided the property, the old railroad right-of-way, and storage for tools for family volunteers to plant and harvest crops.
The program includes growing enough food to also distribute to food banks and home bound residents as well. Rev. Sue Mamchak and the Ezekiel’s Wheels program will be assisting the program, and other volunteers are welcome.
Last year 27 families harvested their crops throughout the summer. Some crops went to other families, as volunteers gave their time and energy to the communal garden as well. The program is co-facilitated by Lisa Bagwell, master gardener, who has been assisting with community gardens in the city and in Monmouth County for many years.
The LBC is looking for added sponsorship for the community garden to assist with costs as the agency seeks to continue to expand the program to more families. The agency has been recruiting sponsors from the Latino business community in Monmouth County and other groups. Anyone who wishes to help sponsor programs, contact Lisa Wilson, LBC Executive Director at 732.571.1670 or email@example.com.
The LBC hosts programs through its Parent Advisory Board, including its crochet workshop, nutrition and cooking classes, parent education classes, and parent-child activities. Workshops focus on family economic self-sufficiency and sustainability and on parent life skills, literacy, and knowledge base. Please contact Carmen Quigley, Family Success Worker at 732.571.1670 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The LBC website is at www.lbc4help.org, and has information on the its programs, services, and events.
The LBC, a local non-profit agency, works to improve the lives of families in Long Branch and the surrounding area by finding resources for people in need, fostering individual and family development, and creating partnerships for community well-being. Its offices are at 279 Broadway, Suite 301, Long Branch.