Gardens make homes and backyards more beautiful. Can you imagine how attractive an empty city lot would look if it was turned into a garden? The volunteers of IHS Development are beautifying Newark, New Jersey by transforming two empty city lots in Springfield into community gardens. Cynthia DeSouza, who is the Executive Director of IHS Development, said that changing city lots into gardens is a new project for the organization.
“On August 31st, 40 students from NJIT volunteered in the community garden. They cleaned the garden, mowed the lawn and planted shrubs,” DeSouza said. “There are vegetables and fruits growing in the garden that we will donate to the local soup kitchen.”
DeSouza said that the community garden is an ongoing project. She said that volunteers will be planting seasonal plants in the fall like mums and vegetables - - just to name a few examples. The participants are currently placing a fence around the gardens she commented. According to DeSouza, the gardeners will plant many other fruits, flowers, shrubs and vegetables this coming spring. She is thankful to Honeywell Hometown Solutions, which is the organization that funds these community projects.
“IHS Development gets funding from Honeywell Hometown Solutions,” she said. “The funds are used to help the community with several programs such as the community garden. Their donations have also helped Rebuilding Together purchase the necessary materials, so volunteers can repair damaged homes at no cost to the owner.”
If you would like to volunteer or make a donation to the community garden, call Cynthia DeSouza at the following number: (973) 610-3394.