Community Garden To Be Located At Historic House

Van Riper-Hopper House to be home to new community garden.

A new community garden at the on Berdan Avenue.

Victor Alfieri, a who is spearheading the project, said town official gave him permission to start working on the project there.

“It’s going to be really great, for a lot of people and for the town,” said Alfieri, who is working with a group of dedicated residents to complete the project.

The garden will be broken up into dozens of small plots of land. Residents could pay between $30 and $80 in dues for each plot they own.

Participants will be allowed to plants and vegetables, but with some exceptions.

The group wants the garden to provide residents with an opportunity to work together, learn, and meet new people.

Erica Evans, and a member of the group, said that this garden could bring the community together like nothing else can.

The group also said that it can be used as a tool to teach children about the benefit of sustainable living.

For more information about the project, visit Alfieri’s Web site or e-mail him at editor@woodlotfarms.com

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Rob Burke August 17, 2012 at 10:18 PM
Victor -- Congratulations on this. Despite Scondo's bizarre comment, there's precious little to criticize in a Community Garden. Hard to see how tomatoes, lettuce, cucumbers and sugar snap peas would be controversial. But, alas, leave it to Scondo, who hides behind an alias and pushes a particular agenda. Good luck with the Garden -- will there be a hen house?
Resident Kelly August 17, 2012 at 10:43 PM
This is wonderful! A community garden is a great way to meet your neighbors and to learn from them. This is so exciting for Wayne!
Maggi Puglia August 18, 2012 at 12:24 PM
Fantastic! Thanks for getting the ball rolling.
Leila Oxford August 18, 2012 at 10:55 PM
Victor I am very interested in learning more, where did you get your degree from? I planted a garden this year for the first time. I purchased my vegetable plants from Farms View, they were extremely knowledgeable and gave me great guidance. My garden required more effort than I realized but I am harvesting great fresh vegetables. I never realized the amount of time and work required to have a garden. It was very frustrating when the deer came to my yard for a buffet. How do you keep the animals from eating your plants and vegetables? Thank you to Farms View for all the fresh fruit and vegetables that you offer our community and thank you for the animal barnyard that you have for all the children of the community.
leanbean August 18, 2012 at 11:06 PM
@ Leila, I think he read 2 copies of Mother Earth and figured he knows everything now. He's just another one of the KNOW IT ALLS we have here in Wayne. But your correct in saying that farmsviewroadstand helps you out when you have a question. Plus they have the best corn around.
Rob Burke August 19, 2012 at 12:37 AM
@lean: what's with the hating on Victor? Are you against a community garden? Seems purely positive to me. Doesn't he deserve some credit and some thanks rather than snotty sarcasm?
leanbean August 19, 2012 at 01:25 AM
@Rob, I don't hate the guy. I don't feel he's an expert in anything. He might be good at doing some things? But that doesn't make him an expert. I'm all for gardening and having fresh pick veggies. From what I can see. He is trying to sell a product. His Woodlotfarm. is not a farm. But a large garden. I think it's great that you put the girls up by you and made the garden for who ever wants to garden there. But for him to pass himself off as a expert? Let him post his paper work from Rutgers. Showing what he is an expert in. Till then I'll think of him as a con job.
Nose Wayne August 19, 2012 at 03:44 AM
I'm with you Lean. I have been gardening since my day way back when we had the 4H fair behind Preakness Shopping Center and I won "BEST VEGETABLE".Am i an EXPERT ? NOSE!!!!! Just a person who loves to garden, which I still have to this day.
Cathy Kazan August 19, 2012 at 04:45 AM
Nose and Leanbean, you are being very narrow minded. You don't need a degree in a particular subject matter to educate yourself in that area. I don't know what Mr. Alfieri's educational background is, and neither do you. This is vegetable gardening for God's sake, not brain surgery. Why do you feel the need to attack him? This seems to be a positive for the community. You don't have to participate. Some opinions are really not worth sharing.
Rob Burke August 19, 2012 at 12:00 PM
@Lean & Nose: HUH???????????? So you don't know the man, you only know of him. And you only know of him fro what you've read online, in the newspapers, from his successful VICTORy for the hens and those who want to raise them, and fro his web site. And based on that you stand ready to pass judgment on who he is, the level of knowledge and skill he has and his motives? And you don't even thank him for spearheading another VICTORy for the comunity with a garden on public land, accessible to all. Honestly, that's really too bad for both of your screen names. I feel sorry for you. Why don't you get a plot or two at the garden and get to know Victor. He's a good guy. We need more people like him.
Resident Kelly August 19, 2012 at 02:04 PM
Dictionary.com definition of expert: Noun, a person who has special skill or knowledge in some particular field. Nothing about a degree from Rutgers. I would like to thank this local sustainability expert, Victor Alfieri, for his efforts in getting this town a much needed community garden. What a great way to meet your neighbors, get some great gardening tips and advice and teach our children where their food comes from. Perfect way to take back some control over the food you are putting on your tables every night and the nutrition your kids are getting.
leanbean August 19, 2012 at 03:30 PM
@ Rob,Cathy Kazan and Resident Kelly, My point is he is trying to profit from this. "Wood Lot Farms". Selling the raised beds, Or what ever else he tells someone they need. There has always been a herb garden there at the site.And as a kid everyone had a Victory Garden in there yard. This is nothing new. Just Victor trying to make a buck.
Rob Burke August 19, 2012 at 04:00 PM
Your comment is bizarre. No one is paying Victor for the Community Garden. That his passion for sustainability permeates everything he does for the community and to support his family is laudable. Your criticism behind the anonymity of your keyboard is pathetic. The substance of your criticism is laughable. Go pull the wings off a few more flies...
leanbean August 19, 2012 at 05:22 PM
@Rob, I never said he would charge them for the garden. But you can bet your last dollar he will for building there raised beds. Folks can go to any book store and purchase 2 books to read, 1, Square foot gardening and the other is the Victory Garden. They are both paper backs. People like you can't see the trees through the forest. Want to feed your girls some wingless flies? For you I'll give a discount.
Rob Burke August 19, 2012 at 05:28 PM
Well, lean-a-reen-i-o, he didn't charge me a penny and he still comes by to help. He's given me, for free, plants that he started in his garden and helps me when I have questions about my hens. He's helping me plan an addition to our operation right now, too. So I don't think its very fair or very nice to attack him for something he hasn't done -- particularly given everything he has done. Just sayin'....
leanbean August 19, 2012 at 05:35 PM
@Rob, It might be because of all the support you gave him since day one. I'll wait and see how things go? If I'm wrong? I'll be the first guy on here to say so. Till then I have my thoughts.
Rob Burke August 19, 2012 at 05:39 PM
Ya know, lean, its one thing to have your own opinion. That's all well and good. But you don't have the right to your own facts. And the facts are entirely contrary to what you've been posting. There's no 'opinion' about whether Victor profits from the Community Garden, right? There's no 'opinion' about whether the Community Garden is positive for the community, right? So why bash the guy for doing this? How about saying Thank You??? Its ironic, isn't it? Victor is fostering a sense of community, and you are criticizing him for doing so. Feels like Alice in Wonderland.
leanbean August 19, 2012 at 05:44 PM
@Rob, I'll wait and see and let the facts speak for themshelfs.
Victor Alfieri August 20, 2012 at 12:25 AM
Guys, thanks for all the support. Via my website, over the last 2 years many Wayne residents have contacted me and asked me to pursue building a community garden in town. The bottom line is, I am just following orders. I was asked to do something and I did it. The fact is I don't need a garden. I have plenty of my own. But when I started living this lifestyle of urban homesteading you take a silent vow to always try to help and build community. It goes hand in hand. The gardening method I use is square foot gardening. It was invented in 1976 by Mel Bartholomew. This same type of gardening will be used in the community garden. It is the most practical, efficient form of gardening on the planet. But what is important to me is showing people that they can grow vegetables without using harsh chemicals. Herbicides and pesticides are unnecessary. A great example of this method currently being used in Wayne, NJ is at the Wayne Auto Spa on Hamburg Turnpike. First year out of the gate in virgin soil, Mr.Burke has 6 feet high tomato plants and has already started his fall crops. http://woodlotfarms.com/Wayne_Auto_Spa.html The thing I am looking forward the most is learning from other gardeners. So please come and share your experiences with everyone. Construction starts the 2nd week in October.
Leila Oxford August 20, 2012 at 02:06 AM
Victor how do you keep the deer from eating your vegetables?
Jacqueline Pisatowski August 20, 2012 at 02:51 AM
Victor - Congratulations!!! My mother volunteers at The Van Ripper Hopper House and they need desperate help with the gardens. This is a win-win situation for everyone in Wayne. We need more attention to our historical landmarks plus you are making great strides for a healthy environment. I applaud your efforts.
Victor Alfieri August 20, 2012 at 11:04 AM
Fencing 5' high minimum. or there is a product called the The Scarecrow Motion Sprinkler....google it......hooks up to your garden hose. When deer or bird comes near your garden it kicks on and scares the deer.
Victor Alfieri August 20, 2012 at 11:12 AM
If your garden is taking up to much of your time and work you are doing something wrong. Most likely using the wrong method. Over the winter start learning about square foot gardening. http://www.woodlotfarms.com/Square_Foot_Garden.htm If you need help....shoot me an e-mail, I will stop by and see what you are doing and we can talk about making some changes.
Victor Alfieri August 20, 2012 at 11:18 AM
Jacqueline, yes they called me for help in the herb garden and the first thing I noticed was how run down the building was. The Van Riper-Hopper house is showing it's age and with lack of resources the museum has become visibility run down. This town museum is in dire need of some local attention. After speaking with museum volunteers the problem became very clear. Not enough visitors, not enough local Interest in the museum, not enough dedicated volunteers, no support from local town, therefore not enough money. For every problem there is a solution. The WCGP will bring life back into this historic site and start creating local interest in what the museum has to offer to the local community. Museum projects will feed off of community garden resident traffic and increase local interest and support. http://www.woodlotfarms.com/community_garden.html
Lorraine August 22, 2012 at 01:57 PM
Victor I think it is great what you and your group are doing. I just sent you an e-mail as I would like to know more. As far as the mornons on this page who find the time to critize every article no matter what the subject matter, please ignore them. I really wish Patch would just block them.
leanbean August 22, 2012 at 04:58 PM
@Lorraine, We still have freedom of speech in this country. At least that was'nt taken away yet. And Victor still has'nt said if he is doing this all for free? Or chargeing for building the raised beds. Or where he became an expert? I think the gardens are a good idea. I only asked the question? Seeing Woodlotfarms is nothing more than a large.
stewart resmer August 22, 2012 at 05:05 PM
HA! Leanbean advocating free speech as he abuses every one here at patch with whom he disagrees with for excercising their right to freedom of expressions! HA! what a hypocrite!
Victor Alfieri August 22, 2012 at 05:22 PM
Yes I just ignore......Anyway. I would be happy to help in an way I can. Lets get together, talk about some ideas and things you can change going forward to get ready for spring.
leanbean August 22, 2012 at 11:29 PM
@stewart resmer, Not everyone.But it seems you might be right. It seems to me you Johnny come lately's that want to change are town I do. So you all can keep talking out of your butt. And I'll answer.
stewart resmer August 22, 2012 at 11:33 PM
nobody gives a rip less what you think fool


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