Police and Firefighters Lending a Helping Hand

What do a group of 25 firemen and police officers of Atlantic City, NJ do on their days off? They volunteer their time to a growing community project in their city, at the Hamilton Community Garden.

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On Monday, April 27th there was plenty of power tools and muscle supplied by the Atlantic City Police and Fire Departments at the garden site. With great enthusiasm and set to task the men quickly put together half of the raised garden beds for the Hamilton Community Garden. They plan on continuing later next week to complete the remaining beds. Even a canine officer was lending a paw!
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The beds are constructed of recycled epay wood that was once a part of the Atlantic City Boardwalk. Epay is an extremely durable construction material and can last 75+ years without preservative treatments. This garden is here to stay!

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The Community Garden, currently under construction, will be comprised of 33 raised garden beds, an outdoor teaching kitchen for healthy food demonstrations, a gazebo, small amphitheater and an area for children to be physically active.

Project organizer, Cookie Till, president and founder of A Work in Progress, a non-profit organization helping to create and maintain community gardens in the urban setting, organized the day and continues to put the necessary pieces together, keeping the project moving forward. AtlantiCare’s Growing Green program has the pleasure of working alongside Till and others on this great project.

Next up? The volunteers will finish the raised garden beds then ecosoil will be added. Gardeners will start planting as soon as possible as the rest of the project is worked towards completion. They aren’t willing to wait! With summer around the corner who can blame them?


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