(BORDENTOWN, NJ) — Representatives from NJM Insurance Group (NJM) joined D&R Greenway Vice President Adrian Huns and D&R Greenway staff to spruce up the gardens at Point Breeze in Bordentown on April 22 to celebrate Earth Day. Crews worked collaboratively on a spring clean-up that involved weeding, mulching and preparing flower beds surrounding the historic gardener’s house that remains of the Joseph Bonaparte Estate, now owned by D&R Greenway Land Trust. The historic site was permanently preserved by D&R Greenway in 2020 in partnership with the City of Bordentown and the NJ Green Acres program. The Land Trust owns one acre of land surrounded by 60 acres that are jointly managed with the State of NJ and the city.
To support archaeological and ecological studies, as well as trail work on the property, NJM is making a $15,000 contribution to D&R Greenway. NJM has been one of D&R Greenway’s Preservation Business Partners since 2019.
“It was a great hands-on volunteer experience to celebrate Earth Day,” said Jeff Richardson, NJM Outreach and Community Events Coordinator. “Supporting the communities we are privileged to serve is a core value at NJM. Through our volunteer work and financial commitment, we are pleased to support the environmental stewardship of D&R Greenway at Point Breeze Historic Site.
Highlights for volunteers include working with D&R Greenway’s Garden Steward to lay the foundation for future vegetable gardens. In keeping with the historic use of the site, the land trust will establish vegetable gardens this year where artichokes, beans, herbs and other vegetables were grown to feed Bonaparte and his guests who represented the scientific, political communities and arts of the day. After staking out new garden plots, NJM volunteers were invited for a special tour of the Gardener’s House renovations which are nearing completion. The historic house will be transformed into Je Point Breeze Discovery Center.
“We worked all winter to renovate the historic structure, create exhibits and plan the gardens,” says D&R Greenway President and CEO Linda Mead. “It is the generosity of our business partners, supporters and local residents that allows us to tell the many cultural stories that have connected people to the land for eons here in Bordentown City.”
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The interactive discovery center will feature exhibits that explore the history of the property and the people who cared for it, from the ancestral and continuing connection of the Lenape peoples to the land to the lavish estate of Joseph Bonaparte, millionaire Harris Hammond to the missionaries of the divine Word. , and in perpetuity as a permanently preserved slice of local history. Exhibits will also showcase the vibrant local ecology of the adjacent Abbott Marshes and Delaware River, including artistic renderings of “historic and ecological gems of Point Breeze” painted by local outdoor artists. The Center is expected to open in 2023.
D&R Greenway Land Trust is an accredited nonprofit that has taken the next step of over 22,000 acres of preserved land in central New Jersey since 1989. By protecting the land in perpetuity and creating public trails, it gives everyone the opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors. The Land Trust’s Preserved Farms and Community Gardens provide local organic food to area residents, including those who need it most. Through strategic land conservation and stewardship, D&R Greenway fights climate change, protects birds and wildlife, and ensures clean drinking water for future generations. D&R Greenway’s mission is centered on connecting the earth with people from all walks of life.
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PHOTO: (L) Jeff Richardson of NJM Insurance Group and employees show generous support to D&R Greenway Vice President Adrian Huns (center) and D&R Greenway Land Trust staff on Earth Day 2022.