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Fisherman’s Mark Plants Seeds of Hope with ‘Common Unity Garden’ in Lambertville

N.J. Director of the Division of Family Development Natasha Johnson, N.J. Dept. of Human Services (DHS) Acting Commissioner Elizabeth Connolly, and Chief Operations and Financial Officer for DHS Chris Bailey.

Just outside the doors of the Fisherman’s Mark food pantry in Lambertville lies the group’s latest project, their “Common Unity Garden.”

On May 24, Fisherman’s Mark volunteers, leadership from the N.J. Department of Human Services, the N.J. Secretary of Agriculture, and staff and patients from the Trenton Psychiatric Hospital “New Leaf Gardeners” program, spent the morning planting herbs, vegetables and flowers.

“The Common-Unity Garden is our newest project, which builds on our mission to increase access to healthy food,” explained Roni Todd-Marino, social services director for Fisherman’s Mark.

DHS leadership, Fisherman’s Mark staff and volunteers, and Trenton Psychiatric Hospital staff and “New Leaf Garden” participants.

“With a simple approach, the Common Unity Garden benefits the community on many levels,” she added. “It not only provides the obvious benefit of more high-quality fruits and vegetables to our food pantry and wellness outreach programs, but also engages volunteers and students to raise awareness of the poverty-health gap, as well as teaches our clients, volunteers and youth simple methods of urban gardening to foster pride and enthusiasm in healthy eating.”

Fisherman’s Mark was founded to address educational, employment, nutritional, and life skills needs of those not effectively served by existing organizations.

Fisherman’s Mark said the Common-Unity Garden would not have been possible without the assistance of “Matt Noonan, owner of Natural Approach LLC who designed and directed the garden installation; Rutgers Master Gardeners who donated seeds; T&T Tree Services who donated truckloads of mulch; Niece Lumber who donated materials; Rutgers Landscape and Nursery who donated soil; South Hunterdon High School Future Farmers of America who built our garden beds and trellises.”

Fisherman’s Mark is located at 37 S. Main St. in Lambertville. Check out Fisherman’s Mark on Facebook to keep an eye on how their garden grows.



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