Scotch Plains - Fanwood Community Garden Breaks Ground!

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Today ground was officially broken at the site of the brand new, Scotch Plains - Fanwood Community Garden.  This new Community Garden is located at the Frazee House complex (the Frazee House is visible behind several of the volunteers in the photo at the right) at 1451 Raritan Road in Scotch Plains.  

The new Community Garden was partially funded by the Union County Means Green Community Garden Grants program.  Each raised plot will be 10 feet by 2 feet and can be rented for only $40 for the season!  The fee covers the bed, soil, compost and water making these beds a terrific bargain.  To apply for a bed you can click here to get the application and read the guidelines for gardeners.

The Frazee House itself dates back to Revolutionary War times.  The story goes that "Aunt" Betty Frazee was baking bread during the Battle of Springfield.  The British troops led by General Cornwallis passed through the Frazees property and smelled the bread baking.  Legend has it that General Cornwallis said: "I want the first loaf of bread that next comes from that oven."  Betty replied: "Sir, I give you this bread through fear, not in love." Cornwallis, impressed by her courage said: "Not a man in my command shall touch a single loaf."  It's not known how truly accurate the story is but the legend has lived on for a long time.

The Frazee House restoration has been a joint project between the town of Scotch Plains, Union County and the Fanwood-Scotch Plains Rotary Club.  Several members of the FSP Rotary are pictured above.  

If you are in the area a visit to the site is well worth it. The grounds are coming along great.  You can walk the trails, have a picnic or just enjoy the site.   

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Comments (9)

Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

We have been involved with a number of these kinds of community projects. Nice shout out for the event you shared about.

Jun 09, 2016 10:32 AM
Robert Bob Gilbert
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties - Katy, TX
Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert

Folks, Community garden is a cvool new trend sweeping acoss the country. Frazee House cdrtainly has a lot of colorful history. Good post.. 

Jun 09, 2016 10:51 AM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

There is even one in my town.  I live out in the county where nearly everyone has their own garden. 

Jun 09, 2016 12:36 PM
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

What a great sight Wayne and Jean. This is progress.

Jun 09, 2016 01:07 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Wayne and Jean - we have those in our area as well.  Great for people that want to garden.

Jun 10, 2016 05:10 AM
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC

Wayne and Jean

The new Scotch Plains - Fanwood Community Garden will be a great place to grow some great Jersey tomatoes.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Jun 10, 2016 01:10 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

You can bet if I am in your area I will check it out. I love history and the setting sounds perfect.

Jun 10, 2016 02:15 PM
Rosemarie Heindel
Harry Norman Realtors - Big Canoe, GA
Rosemarie Heindel

What a great opportunity for people to be able to have a garden without having room at their own property. Thanks for sharing this community project.

Jun 11, 2016 07:59 AM
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC

Wayne and Jean

The Fanwood Community Garden is an opportunity to have a garden and fresh fruit and vegetables.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Jun 13, 2016 11:17 AM