The fenced in garden located on Beauvoir Place has 52 raised beds available for our community members to grow organic food. The garden sits on a parcel of land donated for use by Overlook Medical Center, and was partially funded by a grant to the Summit Area YMCA from the Centers for Disease Control's ACHIEVE program. ACHIEVE stands for Action Communities for Health, Innovation & Environmental Change. Additional support was provided by grants from the Overlook Foundation, the Summit Garden Club, and the Junior League of Summit.
The goal of the Summit ACHIEVE Community Garden is to grow organic vegetables, fruits, and herbs to promote healthy eating. The Garden has operating rules that all Gardeners and Co-gardeners must agree to follow in order to participate. If there are more applicants than there are plots available, the plots will be assigned by a lottery system. This year's lottery will be held on February 21, 2018. There is a limitation of one garden plot per household.
Plot rental fees are $75, pus a $50 refundable security deposit. The YMCA also offers financial assistance for lower income level gardeners to participate in the Community Garden. Gardeners meeting the Financial Aid income requirements are eligible for a reduced Summit ACHIEVE Community Garden plot fee (Please see the Reduced Fee Application below).
Interested parties are directed to print out and complete a garden application and mail it with fees to:
Summit Area YMCA
490 Morris Avenue
Summit, NJ 07901
NOTE: Payment may be made by credit card or check payable to Summit Area YMCA.
The mission of the Summit ACHIEVE Community Garden is to bring neighbors together to share the benefits of organic gardening for a healthier community. As such, we strive to provide fresh vegetables to our neighbors who visit the Saint Teresa Food Pantry. We ask that you consider donating your excess crops to the Food Pantry when we organize weekly collections, and sign up to work in the Food Pantry beds.
All Gardeners are required to attend an organizational meeting on either Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 7:30pm at Summit YMCA Branch or Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 9:30am at the Community Garden.
Garden Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 am to 9:00 pm, or dusk, whichever is earlier; Saturday - Sunday, 9:00 am to 9:00 pm, or dusk, whichever is earlier.
More information may be found at the garden’s website www.SummitAchieveGarden.com
About the Summit Area YMCA
The Summit Area YMCA is one of the area’s leading 501(c)3 charitable organizations. Founded in 1886, the Summit Area YMCA has a history steeped in working side-by-side with our neighbors to ensure that everyone, regardless of age, income and background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. Each year, we serve more than 10,000 individuals with our free and fee-based programs and services in an area spanning the communities of Berkeley Heights, New Providence, Millburn, Springfield, Short Hills, Summit, Gillette, and Stirling. Through the generosity of our members, donors, and partners, we are able to offer financial assistance for our programs and services to those with demonstrated need. To strengthen your community and provide others with the opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive, make your tax-deductible donation today at thesay.org/give.