Community Garden Fundraiser On Saturday

Photo by Chris Lundy

BERKELEY – A fundraiser for the Wrangle Brook Community Garden will be held on Aug. 4.

The garden is located in a little, overlooked area off Southhampton Road. This is a small road that links Silver Ridge Park to the neighborhood south of Lakehurst Drive in Toms River. A branch of the brook runs along the garden.

The garden will host a party starting at 1 p.m. It’s free to attend, but donations and the purchase of raffle tickets are how they are going to raise funds for the garden, said Bonney Parker, coordinator for the garden. There will be music, tours of the garden, and giveaways.

This is the third year the garden has been in operation. It is split between individuals’ personal gardens and areas that are there to grow for donations. Wrangle Brook donates 3,000 pounds of fresh produce a year, primarily to the People’s Pantry.

Recently, the garden had been broken into and several dozen plants were stolen. Police have not made any arrests yet.

The theft didn’t slow them down long. They recently donated another 130 pounds of fresh produce to the People’s Pantry.