Union County Homes: Scotch Plains - Fanwood Community Garden Breaks Ground!

Scotch Plains - Fanwood Community Garden Breaks Ground!

Today ground was officially broken at the site of the brand new, Scotch Plains - Fanwood Community Garden.  This new Community Garden is located at the Frazee House complex (the Frazee House is visible behind several of the volunteers in the photo at the right) at 1451 Raritan Road in Scotch Plains.  

The new Community Garden was partially funded by the Union County Means Green Community Garden Grants program.  Each raised plot will be 10 feet by 2 feet and can be rented for only $40 for the season!  The fee covers the bed, soil, compost and water making these beds a terrific bargain.  To apply for a bed you can click here to get the application and read the guidelines for gardeners.

The Frazee House itself dates back to Revolutionary War times.  The story goes that "Aunt" Betty Frazee was baking bread during the Battle of Springfield.  The British troops led by General Cornwallis passed through the Frazees property and smelled the bread baking.  Legend has it that General Cornwallis said: "I want the first loaf of bread that next comes from that oven."  Betty replied: "Sir, I give you this bread through fear, not in love." Cornwallis, impressed by her courage said: "Not a man in my command shall touch a single loaf."  It's not known how truly accurate the story is but the legend has lived on for a long time.

The Frazee House restoration has been a joint project between the town of Scotch Plains, Union County and the Fanwood-Scotch Plains Rotary Club.  Several members of the FSP Rotary are pictured above.  

If you are in the area a visit to the site is well worth it. The grounds are coming along great.  You can walk the trails, have a picnic or just enjoy the site.   




~ Wayne & Jean 

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Comment balloon 9 commentsWayne and Jean Marie Zuhl • June 09 2016 01:04PM


We have been involved with a number of these kinds of community projects. Nice shout out for the event you shared about.

Posted by Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life (Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709) almost 4 years ago

Folks, Community garden is a cvool new trend sweeping acoss the country. Frazee House cdrtainly has a lot of colorful history. Good post.. 

Posted by Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties) almost 4 years ago

There is even one in my town.  I live out in the county where nearly everyone has their own garden. 

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) almost 4 years ago

What a great sight Wayne and Jean. This is progress.

Posted by Noah Seidenberg, Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917 (Coldwell Banker) almost 4 years ago

Hi Wayne and Jean - we have those in our area as well.  Great for people that want to garden.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) almost 4 years ago

Wayne and Jean

The new Scotch Plains - Fanwood Community Garden will be a great place to grow some great Jersey tomatoes.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) almost 4 years ago

You can bet if I am in your area I will check it out. I love history and the setting sounds perfect.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) almost 4 years ago

What a great opportunity for people to be able to have a garden without having room at their own property. Thanks for sharing this community project.

Posted by Rosemarie Heindel, Rosemarie Heindel (Harry Norman Realtors) almost 4 years ago

Wayne and Jean

The Fanwood Community Garden is an opportunity to have a garden and fresh fruit and vegetables.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) almost 4 years ago