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Eagle Scout Candidate Leads Project to Improve Mercer Educational Gardens in Hopewell

Local Scouts (l-r) Alden Mallory of Princeton, Nicholas Dunham of Belle Mead, Scout adviser Dave Dunham of Belle Mead, Jason Orbe of Belle Mead, Harrison May of Princeton, Kevin Walker of Skillman, and Alex Dunbar of Belle Mead.
Local Scouts (l-r) Alden Mallory of Princeton, Nicholas Dunham of Belle Mead, Scout adviser Dave Dunham of Belle Mead, Jason Orbe of Belle Mead, Harrison May of Princeton, Kevin Walker of Skillman, and Alex Dunbar of Belle Mead.

 

An Eagle Scout candidate recently completed a service project at the Mercer Educational Gardens in Hopewell Township, a section
of the Mercer County Parks that is overseen by the Rutgers Master Gardeners of Mercer County.

Nicholas Dunham, a member of Boy Scout Troop 850 in Montgomery Township, recruited and supervised a volunteer work crew that included Boy Scouts from both Mercer and Somerset counties. They removed, replaced, leveled and secured 28 landscape
ties that had bordered a compost demonstration area and two garden plots since 1997. The ties had rotted and become a safety hazard for the public. The work required more skill and physical strength than the Rutgers Master Gardeners could provide.
carpentry instruction.

Visitors to the first 2016 community education program this April
won’t have to worry about safety hazards as they watch Rutgers Master Gardeners demonstrate home composting.

Krystal Knapp

Krystal Knapp is the founding editor of Planet Princeton. She can be reached via email at editor AT planetprinceton.com. Send all letters to the editor and press releases to that email address.

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