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.

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, churches, civic organizations and businesses.


A Cool 10 Seasons

The project has been a success. At the end of its tenth season, Judea Garden has grown, harvested and distributed 36,000 lbs. of fresh produce to members of our community with limited financial resources. We have seen an increase in use of 15% – 20% in our target towns of Washington and New Milford and have extended our help to Warren, Torrington and Waterbury.

With community help, the garden continues to grow. A second garden has been created allowing us to grow more perennial crops while beds go fallow to re-energize the soil. Through the use of cold frames, covers and low tunnels we now harvest from April through November and we will continue to find new ways to increase efficiency and production.

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.

Distribution Information

Washington distribution is located in Bryan Memorial Town Hall and takes place on Mondays at 11:45 – 5:00 from July through October. The opening date for 2019 is tentatively scheduled for July 1, 2019. New Milford distribution is through the New Milford Social Services. Food Bank hours are Thursdays only from 9 a.m. until 4p.m. at the Social Services office. For more information on how to register, please visit the Social Services office.

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 denise.arturi@steeprockassoc.org, call Denise Arturi at (860) 868-9131 or call the Selectmen’s office at (860) 868-2259.

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

Directions to Preserve


124 Christian Street
New Preston, CT 06777

Our hours

Sunrise to Sunset
Monday – Sunday

Contact us

Phone: (860) 868-9131
Email: info@steeprockassoc.org