Judea Garden, the Giving Garden of Washington, CT, recently celebrated its 6th season of growing, harvesting and distributing over 20,000 pounds of vegetables to local families in need at its annual Open Garden Day. Speakers reflected on the first years of the garden while looking forward to the future. Ann Burton, who founded the project along with Marlene Smith at Saint John’s Church in Washington, related, “after the 2008 recession we weren’t able to help as much financially, but we did have, and could do, things that would help.” The volunteer-based project reached out into the community and found support from many other churches, civic groups and individuals, especially the Town of Washington, Steep Rock Association which provides land for the main garden at Macricostas Preserve, and Joann and Jim Kelly who provide additional private land for cultivation. The success of the garden reflects the efforts of many volunteers, especially those from St. John’s Church. Denise Arturi, master gardener, expressed great appreciation for St. John’s past sponsorship.
The relationship between Judea Garden and Steep Rock Association has grown over the past six years, leading to an agreement with St. John’s Church for Steep Rock to become the primary sponsor of the garden beginning October 1. As such, the garden will be fully integrated into Steep Rock’s operations and land stewardship initiatives. In the words of Gene Pinover, the land trust president, incorporating Judea Garden into Steep Rock “seems only natural”. The Steep Rock Board of Trustees has always had the best interests of the townspeople of Washington and its neighboring towns in mind and under their auspices, Judea Garden and its many volunteers will continue growing, harvesting and distributing food to people in the community who need it. For more information about Steep Rock Association and Judea Garden, please visit www.steeprockassoc.org. All donations that are specifically in support of Judea Garden should be made payable to Steep Rock Association with Judea Garden in the memo line and mailed to:
Steep Rock Association, Inc.
P.O. Box 279
Washington Depot, CT 06794
To make a donation online please visit: http://www.steeprockassoc.org/get-involved/membership/