Melissa Almendinger Honored by Township Committee

Pictured: Melissa Almendinger and Mayor Frank DelCore

The Hillsborough Township Committee joined the Somerset County Commission on the Status of Women in saluting Melissa Almendinger for being selected for the “Environmental Initiatives” award and thank her for her dedication by presenting her with a proclamation at the February 12th Township Committee Meeting.

Hillsborough resident Melissa Almendinger is to be honored with the “Environmental Initiatives” award at the Annual Outstanding Women in Somerset County awards dinner on March 29, 2019 in celebration of Women’s History Month.

Melissa is currently the Community Garden Coordinator at Duke Farms. She graduated from Cook College, Rutgers University with a degree in Natural Resource Management.

Ms. Almendinger was the former Executive Director of the N.J. Invasive Species Strike Team. Melissa Almendinger has served as the Coordinator of the Duke Farms Community Garden since 2014, a 5 acre allotment style community garden.

She manages nearly 500 individual garden members and runs an extensive education program teaching approximately 50 classes per year on organic gardening. She created a donation program whereby organic produce is donated to local food banks and shelters providing over 4,100 pounds in 2018 and over 12,000 in the last 4 years. Melissa Almendinger also created accessible gardening spaces for gardeners with physical challenges. She also maintains a mini homestead growing vegetables, berries, fruit trees and native plants and raises a flock of backyard chickens.

Melissa Almendinger instituted the Hillsborough iRun program at Triangle School and was a former board member of “Steps Together”. In furtherance of her sustainable initiatives efforts, Melissa Almendinger and her husband will be contestants in an upcoming episode of HGTV’s “Flea Market Flip” which showcases repurposing flea market items.

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