(BORDENTOWN, NJ) — Representatives from NJM Insurance Group (NJM) joined D&R Greenway Vice Chairman Adrian Huns and D&R Greenway staff to spruce up the park at Point Breeze in Bordentown on April 22 in celebration of Earth Day. The team worked collaboratively on a spring cleanup that involved weeding, mulching, and preparing garden beds around the historic Gardener’s Home that was left of the Joseph Bonaparte estate, now owned by the D&R Greenway Land Trust. This 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 managed jointly with the State of NJ and the City.
To support archaeological and ecological studies, as well as trail work on the property, NJM is contributing $15,000 to D&R Greenway. NJM has been one of Greenway’s D&R Business Partners in Preservation since 2019.
“This was a great hands-on volunteer experience in celebration of Earth Day,” said Jeff Richardson, NJM Events & Community Outreach Coordinator. “Supporting the community we are privileged to serve is a core value at NJM. Through our volunteer work and financial commitments, we are delighted to be able to support D&R Greenway’s environmental management at the historic Point Breeze site.”
Among the highlights for the volunteers was working with Garden Steward D&R Greenway to lay the groundwork for a future vegetable garden. In keeping with the site’s historical use, the land trust will establish a vegetable garden this year on the site where artichokes, beans, herbs, and other vegetables are grown to feed Bonaparte and his guests who represent the scientific, political, and artistic community of the day. After scouting the new garden plot, NJM volunteers are invited for a special tour of the Gardener’s House renovation which is nearing completion. The historic house will be converted into TPoint Wind Discovery Center.
“We’ve been working all winter to renovate historic structures, create exhibits and plan parks,” said D&R Greenway President and CEO Linda Mead. “It is the generosity of our business partners, supporters and locals that has allowed us the opportunity to tell the many cultural stories that have connected people to this country for thousands of years, right here in Bordentown City.”
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The interactive Discovery Center will feature exhibits exploring the history of the property and the people who cared for it, from the Lenape people’s ancestry and continuing relationship with the land to Joseph Bonaparte’s lavish estate, from millionaire Harris Hammond to missionaries of God’s Word, and forever as a piece of local history that permanently preserved. Exhibits will also highlight the vibrant local ecology of the Abbott Marshlands and the adjacent Delaware River, including artistic renderings of historical and ecological “Point Breeze gems” painted by local plein air artists. The center will open in 2023.
D&R Greenway Land Trust is an accredited not-for-profit organization that has reached new milestones over 22,000 acres of conserved land throughout downtown New Jersey since 1989. By protecting land in perpetuity and creating public trails, it gives everyone the opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors. The Land Trust’s preserved community gardens and gardens provide local, organic food to the area’s residents—including those most in need. Through conservation and strategic land management, 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 mainland with people from all walks of life.
Founded in 1913, NJM . Insurance Group is a regional property and accident insurer with a national reputation for auto claims satisfaction. The company offers auto, homeowner, renter, condo, and umbrella insurance to individuals in Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. NJM Business Insurance is available in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. NJM’s mission is to provide value-based insurance solutions for the benefit of our policyholders while maintaining the highest levels of service, integrity and financial management.
PHOTO: (left) Jeff Richardson of NJM Insurance Group and employees provide generous support to Greenway D&R Vice Chair Adrian Huns (center) and D&R Greenway Land Trust staff on Earth Day 2022.