Where Volunteers Till the Soil to Feed Their Neighbors
Judea Garden began in spring 2009. Our goal was to provide fresh produce for members of our community with limited financial resources. We also wanted to give volunteers an opportunity to continue to help their neighbors during difficult economic times.
Two gardens, Judea Garden at Macricostas Preserve and one on private land, literally blossomed as a result of donations of cash and sweat equity by close to 100 individuals, schools, churches, civic organizations and businesses.
The project has been a success. Now in its sixth season, Judea Garden has grown, harvested and distributed 20,000 lbs. of fresh produce to members of our community with limited financial resources. We have seen an increase in use of 15 – 20% in our target towns of Washington and New Milford and have extended our help to Kent, Sharon, Torrington and Waterbury.
With community help, the garden will continue to grow. Through the use of cold frames, covers and low tunnels we now harvest from April through November and we will continue to find new ways to increase efficiency and production.
Our goal for the future is to ensure the sustainability and security of the program itself. Please help us make a difference.
Donations of time, money and gardening items (shovels, rakes, etc.) will be gratefully accepted.
To make a tax-deductible donation, please send a check – payable to St. John’s Episcopal Church, with “Judea Garden Project” on the memo line – to St. John’s Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 1278, Washington, CT 06793.
For additional information, please contact:
Phone: Denise Arturi, Executive Director 860-868-2880
Denise E. S. Arturi, Ann M. Burton, Marian Dar, Nunzio DeFilippis, Sarah Gager, Judith Gorra, Marlene Smith
Judea Garden could not exist without the underlying support of the Town of Washington, St. John’s Church and the Steep Rock Association.