CITY OF NEWBURGH — In the shadow of the slowly crumbling Dutch Reformed Church, a newly planted community garden is set to supply locally grown vegetables to Newburgh's poor and hungry.
Green sprouts of cauliflower, tomato and cabbage poked out of nine newly dirt-filled garden beds on a cloudy Sunday afternoon at the dedication of the Newburgh Preservation Association's new community garden.
The garden is designed to serve two purposes, said NPA spokesman Kevin Burke: supply fresh greens to the food pantry down the street at St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church and bring renewed attention to the deteriorating Dutch Reformed Church…
Actively used until the late 1960s, the church, which is fenced off, is now in rough shape. In January, part of the interior roof collapsed, crushing pews with splintered wood from the honeycombed ceiling. Vandals have broken flood lights and left graffiti on the outside walls.
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Photo courtesy the Newburgh Preservation Society’s Dutch Reformed Church Restoration Committee.