We are asking the Red Bank Borough Council to approve a community garden at 94 West Front Street on a one-year trial basis.
After extensive research and evaluations, this location has proven ideal in terms of sunlight, soil, public access, and integration with library programs. However, the ONLY thing stopping the citizens of Red Bank from teaching their children how to grow delicious fruits, vegetables and herbs is the approval of our governing body.
The Borough Council claims it supports the idea of a community garden - but it has repeatedly refused to consider the one location where it would benefit the majority of interested citizens. Possible reasons include neighboring properties that include the headquarters of K. Hovnanian and luxury condominiums - properties which have fought to restrict public access to the Navesink for their own private benefit.
The time has come to take back our town. Anybody who lives in Red Bank knows that the empty lot next to the library should be a place where the public can come together, appreciate the land, appreciate the river, and appreciate each other.
COME TO BOROUGH HALL JUNE 8, 2011, AT 6:30 P.M. TO SHOW YOUR SUPPORT FOR THE COMMUNITY GARDEN.
Teaching children how to grow food is a basic human need and the property located next to our public library is the ideal location for this project in terms of access for apartment dwellers, sunlight, soil, and integration with library programs.
I understand that you have voiced support for a community garden in general, but not allowing it to take place in the one location where it can benefit the majority of interested citizens does not make any sense.
Anybody who lives in Red Bank knows that the empty lot next to the library should be a place where the public can come together, appreciate the land, appreciate the river, and appreciate each other.
Allow this project to move forward for one year with the option to apply for renewal - you will be amazed by what the citizens of Red Bank can do!