Our History

Less than a year after moving into the Havemeyer House in 2005, Dr. Jacqueline Ehlert-Mercer and her husband Ramapo College President, Dr. Peter P. Mercer established the Edible Garden in the spring of 2006.

Modeled after the great Victory gardens of 1917, the Havemeyer Edible Garden & Bee Hives serve as a classroom where individuals and students learn and experience food sustainability and nutrition. Growing in the garden are a wide variety of hybrid tomatoes, eggplant, zucchini, carrots, green and red peppers, cucumbers, beans, radishes, onions, strawberries, apples, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, cherries, apricots, peaches, plums and a broad array of fresh herbs.

Each year, area k-12 school children, college students and individuals visit the Garden to participate in an array of programs and events. The Havemeyer Edible Garden is entirely funded through donations and entirely run by volunteers. We look forward to welcoming you to Get Involved.

Dr. Ehlert-Mercer uses a theory based nutrition curriculum which she developed. Her research focuses on the eating behaviors of college and university students.