Milford Community Garden is 'a phoenix reborn'

Milford. Donations and volunteer labor made it all possible. In seven years, 3,000 pounds of produce from the garden has supplied the local food pantry.

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  • The Milford Community Garden, a labor of love (Photo provided)

  • From this pile of rubble a garden came to life (Photo provided)

“There is nothing like fresh vegetables on your table to make you smile. It’s always been a guiding principle that those who have been blessed need to pay it forward.”
Kathy Donoghue

The Milford Community Garden located at the township municipal building has been rebuilt.

It's "a phoenix reborn!" says the Milford Garden Club.

The project was made possible by a grant from the Milford Enhancement Committee, the Milford Garden Club, and other donors.

Established in 2012, the original 33 beds were pine kits donated by Home Depot. Over the past seven years, an estimated 3,000 pounds of produce has been delivered to the Ecumenical Food Pantry for distribution to families and senior citizens.

“There is nothing like fresh vegetables on your table to make you smile,” said Kathy Donoghue. “It’s always been a guiding principle that those who have been blessed need to pay it forward.”

Garden club members and food pantry supporters spent a recent morning dismantling and rebuilding. After hours of work under cloudy skies, the sun appeared — which appeared to the volunteers as "an omen."

All are invited to visit the garden, located at 560 Route 6 and 209 just outside Milford borough. To help with gardening or harvesting, call Donoghue at 201-233-5365.

"There is nothing like playing in the dirt!" says the invitation.

Thanks go to Kathy and Jim Donoghue, Nancy and Ed Duvinski, Diane and Fred Guendel, Connie and Rick Nichols, Linda and Ralph Pinto, Pete Rushton, Sue Smith, Jim Snodgrass, and Liz Steen.

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