Community Organizations

Isles Community Gardens - Trenton, NJ

In 1981, a Princeton University undergraduate student, Marty Johnson, with some classmates and faculty, took an idea from a senior thesis -- reclaim vacant and abandoned urban lots as community gardens -- and sought to implement it in nearby Trenton. They formed a non-profit which they named Isles, evoking the island oasis quality they envisioned the community gardens would have in the inner city, and set about recruiting community volunteers to help them create and maintain the gardens.