Two people tend plants in the garden.

Tinton Falls Community Garden

Tuesday, 9AM - 3PM

The merits of horticulture therapy are well documented and include physical, intellectual, and social benefits. Participants will learn how to plant seeds and grow herbs, vegetables, and other edible plants. In addition to learning about plants and gardening, participants will build skills in areas of coordination, problem solving, and following directions. 

This program will take place at Crawford House Community Garden, which promotes community inclusion.  The Community Garden will have a farm stand, where participants will sell produce and goods to community customers.   Individuals will learn communication skills working with the public as well as business management skills like inventory. 

In case of inclement weather, the group will stay indoors.  Instruction on rainy days will cover topics like botany, reinforcing math and customer service skills, as well as the rich local history and culture preserved through the historic Crawford House.

  • This activity will be outside. Participants will need to dress appropriately and wear sunscreen.
  • Close-toed shoes are mandatory. Extra water and a hat is recommended.
  • Participants will need to bring a bagged lunch. 


Allaire Community Farm

The Allaire Community Farm offers opportunities to work directly with animals as well as with plants in the greenhouse and garden.  Participants will learn proper care and maintenance of live farm animals in the petting zoo.  Tasks may include feeding, watering, grooming, and/or cleaning stalls and facilities.  Horseback riding or driving lessons may be available for those interested, at an additional cost.  Participants will also learn how to plant seeds and grow herbs, vegetables, and other edible plants in the Allaire Community Farm greenhouse.  Instruction will include farm and greenhouse safety procedures; tool recognition and proper use; types of plants, soils, and growing mediums; seeding, transplanting, and harvesting; weeding, tilling and fertilizing. 

  • Allaire Community Farm requires a $25/week activity fee.  This will amount to $525 for the year, which will be taken from your DDD budget as a "Goods & Service".  Your support coordinator will coordinate all payments and your budget.  Horseback riding or driving lessons will also be available for an additional fee of $35/session.
  • This activity will be outside.  Participants will need to dress appropriately with close-toed shoes, and wear sunscreen. A hat and extra water are recommended. 
  • Allaire Community Farm has live animals in their petting zoo.  The group will be interacting with the animals.  If a participant has a fear of animals or has severe allergies to animals, you may want to consider a different program offering.