D&R Greenway Land Trust and NJM Insurance Group Team Up in Celebration of Earth Day
NJM Supports Historic Point Breeze Preservation in Bordentown, NJ
BORDENTOWN, NJ – Representatives from NJM Insurance Group (NJM) joined D&R Greenway Vice Chair Adrian Huns and D&R Greenway staff to spruce up the gardens at Point Breeze in Bordentown on April 22nd in celebration of Earth Day. The teams worked collaboratively on a spring cleanup that involved weeding, mulching, and preparing garden beds surrounding the historic Gardener’s House that remains from the Joseph Bonaparte estate, now owned by D&R Greenway Land Trust. The 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 an acre of ground surrounded by 60 acres that are jointly managed with the State of NJ and the City.
To support archeological and ecological studies, as well as trail work on the property, NJM is making a $ 15,000 contribution to D&R Greenway. NJM has been one of D&R Greenway’s Business Partners in Preservation since 2019.
“This was a great hands-on volunteer experience in celebration of Earth Day,” says Jeff Richardson, NJM Community Outreach & Events Coordinator. “Supporting the communities we are privileged to serve is a core value at NJM. Through our volunteer work and financial commitment, we are pleased to support the environmental stewardship of D&R Greenway at the historic Point Breeze site. ”
Among the highlights for volunteers was working with D&R Greenway’s Garden Steward to lay the groundwork for future vegetable gardens. In keeping with the historic use of the site, the land trust will establish vegetable gardens this year in the location where artichokes, beans, herbs, and other vegetables were grown to feed Bonaparte and his guests who represented scientific, political, and artistic communities of the day. After staking out new garden plots, NJM volunteers were invited for a special tour of the Gardener’s House renovations that are nearing completion. The historic house will be transformed into The Point Breeze Discovery Center.
“We have been working throughout the winter to renovate the historic structure, create exhibits and plan the gardens,” says D&R Greenway’s President and CEO Linda Mead. “It’s the generosity of our business partners, supporters, and local residents that enables us the opportunity to tell the many cultural stories that have connected people to the land over eons, here in Bordentown City.”
The interactive Discovery Center will feature exhibits that explore the history of the property and the people who cared for it, from the Lenape peoples’ ancestral and continuing connection to the land to Joseph Bonaparte’s lavish estate, from millionaire Harris Hammond to the missionaries of Divine Word , and into perpetuity as a permanently preserved slice of local history. Exhibits will also highlight the vibrant local ecology of the adjacent Abbott Marshlands and the Delaware River, including artistic renderings of the historical and ecological “jewels of Point Breeze” painted by local plein air artists. The Center is set to open in 2023.
About D&R Greenway Land Trust: D&R Greenway Land Trust is an accredited nonprofit that has reached a new milestone of over 22,000 acres of land preserved throughout central 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 farms and community gardens provide local organic food for residents of the region — including those most in need. Through strategic land conservation and stewardship, D&R Greenway combats climate change, protects birds and wildlife, and ensures clean drinking water for future generations. D&R Greenway’s mission is centered on connecting land with people from all walks of life. https://www.drgreenway.org; [email protected]. Follow the organization on Facebook and Instagram.
About NJM Insurance Group: Founded in 1913, NJM is a regional property and casualty insurer with a national reputation for auto claims satisfaction. The Company offers auto, homeowners, renters, condoand umbrella insurance to individuals in Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. NJM Business Insurance is available in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, New JerseyNew 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 stewardship. To learn more, visit https://www.njm.com/. Follow the Company on Facebook: @NJMInsurance
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