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Judea Garden

Located at Macricostas Preserve
124 Christian Street, New Preston, CT 06777

Judea Garden began in spring 2009. Where the community comes together to provide fresh produce for members of our community with limited financial resources.

Please note, the growing season and distribution has ended for the 2023 season. When in season, Judea Garden distribution is  at 116 Christian Street, New Preston, on Monday from 12pm-5pm from July – October. Our produce is also available at the Warren and New Milford Social Services Food Pantries. 

Where Volunteers Till the Soil

To feed their neighbors!

About Judea Garden

Judea Garden located at Macricostas Preserve, literally blossomed as a result of donations of cash and sweat equity by close to 100 individuals, schools, religious and civic organizations and businesses.

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A Cool 15Seasons

Judea Garden  is thrilled to announce the commencement of its 15th season and the celebration of the Garden, the People and their Stories. This remarkable milestone highlights a decade and a half of hard work, dedication, and community involvement that has allowed the garden to flourish and provide fresh produce for the less fortunate in the region.

The Washington Giving Garden supports local families in need with fresh, healthy produce including tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, peppers, and more. It has also become a vital community hub where volunteers unite to cultivate the land and make a difference.

Judea Garden’s 15th season showcases their unwavering commitment to fighting food insecurity. From a small patch of land, it has grown into a sustainable operation, feeding countless families in our community. The garden has also served as a model for other organizations and communities to follow, inspiring similar projects in the region and beyond.

Goals for Judea Garden

Our goal for the future is to ensure the sustainability and security of the program itself. Please help us make a difference.

  1. Donations of time, money and gardening items (shovels, rakes, etc.) will be gratefully accepted.
  2. To make a tax-deductible donation, please send a check – payable to Steep Rock Association, with “Judea Garden” on the memo line.
  3. Steep Rock Association, Inc.
    P.O. Box 279
    Washington Depot, Connecticut  06794-0279.
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Distribution Information

Judea Garden distributes weekly at the following locations.

Washington distribution is located at the new Steep Rock Assoc. office at 116 Christian Street (just adjacent to the Garden) and takes place on Mondays at 12:00 – 5:00 from July through October.

The Warren/Washington Food Pantry is open every Thursday from 10 am-12 noon at the Community Center, 7 Sackett Hill Rd and is open to all residents of Warren,
Washington and New Preston. 

New Milford Social Services Food Bank hours are Thursdays only from 9 a.m. until 2p.m. at the Social Services office, 2 Pickett District Road. 

Depending upon the time of the season available produce might include broccoli, mustard greens, Swiss chard, lettuce, rhubarb, tomatoes, beans, summer squash, winter squash, eggplant, peppers, peas, carrots, cauliflower, raspberries and herbs. Produce is available to those who need it. For more information email or call Denise Arturi at (860) 868-9131.

Judea Garden Volunteers

Volunteers are the backbone of Judea Garden. Without them, we would not be able to bring fresh produce to those in need. There are so many ways to help, whether in the Garden itself, helping with distribution or doing supportive work that keeps the Judea Garden project going. There’s a place for every volunteer to use their skills or develop new ones.

  • Adopt a Crop – Grab a bunch of folks, pick a crop and off you go. You plant, weed, water and guide the crop to fruition.
  • General Volunteer – There is always so much to do in the Garden and many crops to take care of. You don’t need to know a lot about gardening just be willing to help out. You can come on  when Denise is in the Garden (email her to check for days) or come when your schedule allows, checking the notice board outside the garden for tasks that need to be completed.
  • Harvest – During the main growing season we harvest Monday and Wednesday mornings and need many hands to pick, weigh and pack the produce for distribution.
  • Take a look at our Volunteer Guideline for more information. Judea Garden Volunteer Guidelines
  • Drive produce to food banks, either weekly or when needed.
  • Set up distribution in Washington: helping to set up, label and organize vegetables.
  • Breakdown distribution: packing any leftovers for further distribution and cleaning tables.
  • Communications (Thank you notes, newsletter, emails)
  • Public Relations
  • Garden photographer
  • Events (Open Garden Day)
  • Create recipes for recipients that make use of vegetables grown in Judea Garden

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Matching Gifts

 Did you know many companies match donations made by employees, employees’ spouses, and retirees, allowing employees to DOUBLE their generosity and impact? 

Contact your employer today to see if they will match your gift.


 If you are 70½ years of age or older, you can take advantage of a popular gift option called a qualified charitable distribution (QCD) also known as a IRA charitable rollover.  QCDs offer simple ways to benefit Steep Rock and receive tax benefits in return.

To learn more, visit here.

Stock or Wire

If you’d like to give a gift via wire or stock, please reach out to for our account information.


You can donate through your donor advised fund in just three clocks on our website
When granting through your donor-advised fund, please use the following information:

Our legal name: Steep Rock Association, Inc.
Tax ID: #06-6069060
Mailing address: PO Box 279, Washington Depot, CT 06794

Check Donations

Please make checks payable to Steep Rock Association. Our mailing address is:

Steep Rock Association
PO Box 279
Washington Depot, CT 06794