In fact, no county money supports the garden. It has friends though, including the bank, which provides water for irrigation and a meeting room, and Chapel Hills Farm and Nursery, which donated mulch.
Patro said plans are to keep the garden self-regulating. The fee to claim a plot for the season is $10. A list of rules were drawn up — no illegal plants, no chemical fertilizers, no pesticides, no wasting water.
The soil was tested for lead content at the University of Delaware and the level was found to be the normal result of precipitation, Patro said.
One gardener, Nicole Beus, can be found at her plot about three times a week. She has a home garden, too, and even teaches others how to garden.
The soil at her plot is rife with tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, green and red peppers, lettuce, peas, and beans.
Isn't that a lot on 100 square feet?
"Symbiotic vegetables can be close together," she said. "Cucumbers and squash help the tomatoes. It works out."
For her, as with other tillers of the community earth, it's about more than just the vegetables.
"It's great when someone else is also there. It's people at all different levels. There are first-time gardeners and others who have been gardening for 20 years," Beus said.
Alperstein, who can see the entire garden from her office window in the bank, said it's rewarding to see that the garden is as much about people as tomatoes and beans.
"We wanted to provide this venue where people can come together," she said. "I see moms come with their children. It's an opportunity for quality family time."
Patro said he's been fascinated with growing things since about age 10. He's already looking forward to making his own salsa this summer from his tomato harvest.
As Patro puts it, "there's no substitute for homegrown tomatoes."