Members of the Sea Lavender Garden Club took a trip to Fulfill on March 15, where they were given a tour of the facility’s gardens and greenhouse. COURTESY OF SEA LAVENDER GARDEN CLUB

MANASQUAN — Sea Lavender Garden Club members recently visited the greenhouse at Fulfill, formerly known as the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, on March 15.

Members of the club were given a tour of the Neptune facility’s raised-garden beds, education garden and newly-developed mushroom garden by garden coordinator Jess Sinkhorn.

“These gardens and greenhouse sit on about a half-acre of the property. Along with maintaining this garden, Jess also works with schools and communities helping them develop gardens. He also provides staff training and student education opportunities,” the club said in a press release.

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Garden club members Joyce Cupoli, Christine Testa, Susan Shanley, Nancy Tischio, Peggy Cox and Colleen Badecker helped with the planting of vegetable and herb seeds which will be transplanted into Fulfill’s vegetable garden, as well as 30 community and school gardens.

According to the club, Fulfill grows about 6,000 pounds of produce in its gardens each year to support children, families, seniors and veterans; and crops are rotated by Mr. Sinkhorn throughout the growing season.

Fulfill’s mission is “to alleviate hunger and build food security” while also ensuring that those who are food insecure have access to nutritious food.

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