Food Donations Meeting

Are you interested in helping those in our community who have food insecurity? Then this meeting is for you! Find out from MCG vice president Stacy Basko how produce from our community gardens help those in need. Help strategize about how and when donations will occur. The meeting will be Saturday, June 6, 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the First Aid Squad gardens. Go to the Calendar on this site to copy the information from our calendar to yours.

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Maintenance Weeks

Mark your calendar for the maintenance week at your site (FAS or TH), posted under the Plots tab. If you can’t make it the week that you’ve been assigned, you may switch with someone, but you must let the site managers know. They are Stacy or Austin at FAS, and Karen at TH.

Each maintenance week begins on a Saturday and ends the following Friday. For example, if you were assigned May 23, your week runs from May 23 through May 29.

Maintenance week responsibilities include :

  • Water and weed the beds marked with blue-tipped stakes. These are the beds of those on vacation, and donation beds (at FAS 1,2,12A & 12C ,and at TH 34 & 35– by the front gate).
  • Use the weed whacker to trim along fences, inside, and out, and in common areas or pull weeds out by hand. The TH weed whacker is kept at Karen Rutberg’s. Contact her to borrow it.
  •  Mow center aisle (TH).
  • Clean up and remove any debris or trash; empty all bins and remove contents from garden. 

  • At FAS, cut the knotweed shoots with clippers or scissors and cover the stalk with cardboard and woodchips. Do not pull the stalks by hand, because that stimulates growth.

Questions? Contact your site manager or email .

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Photos on Facebook!

See our Facebook page for some great photos from our spring workdays!

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Rutgers Master Gardeners of Essex County Plant Sale!

MGEC are holding plant sales, demos, and lectures May 1 & 2 in Montclair, and May 9 in Roseland. You’ll find a huge variety of vegetables, annuals, perennials, shrubs and small trees. This sale is just in time for Mother’s Day and spring planting! For more information visit

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Twp. of Maplewood Offers Free Tree Seedlings

The Township is offering free tree seedlings to residents. Pick-up at Memorial Park, Wednesday, April 15 between 3:30-5:00 p.m. First-come-first-serve. View details at

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Rescheduled Spring Work Days

Spring work days have been rescheduled for April 11 and 12. Choose the day that suits your schedule! An email from Sign-up Genius has been sent to all members, with a link to register for work days. Check your spam box if you don’t see it, and remember to add our google groups email addresses and Sign-up Genius address to your contacts list.

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Spring Work Days

Gardening is for optimists, and we’re certain that the snow will melt in time for our spring work days! Choose the day that’s convenient for you –Saturday, March 21 from 9 am to 12 pm at the First Aid Squad site, or Sunday, March 22 from 12-3 pm at the Town Hall site. You can help at either site, regardless of where your plot is. Look for an email from “Sign-Up Genius” and register for the day you’ll be helping. Family and friends are welcome to join in!

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