Volunteers for the 2018 Tool Drive, seen left to right, are Eric Jackson of CHUG, present and past HSM presidents Peter Bieneman and Nancy Raskin, along with Peter Ward, member, and HSM tool drive coordinator, Lenel Srochi-Meyerhoff.
The recipient was CHUG (Cherry Hill Urban Garden). Inspiring people about their own health was at the core of Juanita Ewell’s intent when she began CHUG in 2010 on 1-1/2 acres of unused city land as a means of “saving the community” because she knew that a garden produces more than meals.
“Gardens become a hub of a community,” says Lenel Srochi-Meyerhoff, head of outreach for the Horticultural Society of Maryland, which donated tools and plants, including 23 raspberry plants and four small lilacs to CHUG in this year’s annual tool drive. “A garden brings a community together.”
In addition, CHUG received a small grant from the Society.