Princeton Free Garden Project

Princeton Family YMCA announces partnership with the Princeton Free Garden Project

The Princeton Family YMCA is delighted to announce that it will serve as the sponsoring organization for the Princeton Free Garden Project (PFGP), a new grassroots initiative to plant community garden beds around town for neighbors to enjoy fresh, healthy produce through the summer and fall.

The first garden was constructed and planted in the parking lot of the YMCA and YWCA’s Paul Robeson Place facilities in May.  Volunteers will identify, build and tend to three additional more community gardens in the coming weeks. Each raised bed measures 4×8 feet, and community members chosen to take ownership for each plant bed will decide how the 32 square feet will be planted with guidance from landscape architect Jim Davidge. The “owners” of each bed will then be able to harvest the produce for themselves and their neighbors.

With a goal of sustainability, the beds were built with mostly repurposed wood, trellis material that was found in the trash, and wood chips that would have otherwise ended up in a landfill.

The Princeton Family YMCA is joining hundreds of Ys across the country that already lead or partner with community gardens and farms to grow and provide fresh, nutritious produce for neighbors in need.  With a shared goal of promoting healthy living, the partnership between the YMCA and the Princeton Free Garden Project is a natural.

Princeton resident Ross Wishnick is the PFGP project leader.   After the idea for a community garden came to him in the middle of May, a few days later he was breaking ground.  As the founder of Send Hunger Packing Princeton, an organization that provides food to local students in need over the weekend when they aren’t in school, Wishnick has long fielded requests for more produce in local food programs.

With initial seed funding from Bank of Princeton and Glenmede Trust, the Princeton Free Garden Project will now be able to seek additional donations and volunteer support under the umbrella of the Princeton Family YMCA.


If you wish to volunteer, donate or learn more about the project, please use the contact form below.