MOUNT HOLLY, NJ – Bonner Community Scholars from the Environment brought a group of about 20 TCNJ Freshmen to Mount Holly on Saturday, April 6th for a Community Engaged Learning day, during which students helped prep land around the Mount Holly Public Library for a community garden. The students turned over soil, spread hay, and spread supplies across the large grassy field to get the land ready for the garden in about six weeks. Come May, the township’s Sustainable Jersey Team will work with the Bonner Environment Team to build a community garden where residents can rent space and to plant their own vegetables in one of seven community gardens throughout the town. The Burlington Times visited the site on Saturday and featured the work of the Bonners and CEL students in the paper on Sunday.
A short video from the Burlington Times and quotes from the article can be found below. To read the article, visit the Burlington County Times website.
TCNJ students Jimmy Jaramuzchett and Nick DiMauro were hard at work on Saturday helping dig gardens at the library. The two students participate in the college’s Bonner Center for Civic and Community Engagement and helped coordinate the efforts at the library.
“‘It’s invaluable to have these kids doing this work,’ Rothmel said. ‘When you have more than 15 young, strong and motivated kids, a lot of work gets done.'”