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Posted on: April 7, 2016

“DIG IN” COMMUNITY GARDEN PROGRAM ANNOUNCES GRANT RECEPIENTS

City Green has announced the recipients of this year’s community garden grant, which was awarded to them by the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders at their meeting on February 22nd. A $190,000 grant was approved from the Open Space Trust Fund to City Green, Inc. to extend the ‘Dig In!” neighborhood farming and community gardening program. The “Dig In!” Community Garden and Neighborhood Farming Program aims to support the creation of vibrant community gardens in urban, suburban and rural areas of Passaic County for the production of healthy food, neighborhood beautification and community enhancement.

“People want to eat fresh and organic food, but sometimes eating healthy can be too expensive for people. These community gardens beautify our community and produce food that is healthy, they provide that food to the families that need it most,” said Freeholder Director TJ Best. “This second round of funding is an investment in our communities and our people.”

City Green distributes the grant in $500-$2500 increments to qualifying non-profits and municipalities. The list of this year’s recipients are:

• Elysian Fields Community Garden - $500
• North Haledon Green Team - $500
• Ringwood Community Garden - $500
• Passaic Neighborhood Center to Women - $500
• Sustainable West Milford - $500
• Preakness Bible Church - $500
• Paterson Urban Garden Group - $1,000
• Canaan Baptist Church - $1000
• Grace Chapel Church - $1000
• St. Peter’s Haven - $1000
• Sprouting Totowa - $1000
• Christ Church United Methodist - $2500
• Sustainable West Milford - $2500
• City of Passaic Recreation Department - $2500
• Borough of Prospect Park - $2500
The program was created in 2014 to support and enhance the creation of vibrant community gardens throughout Passaic County. Since 2014, the Board of Chosen Freeholders funded 43 different garden programs since the inception of the Dig In! Program with the participation of Paterson, Passaic, Clifton, Hawthorne, North Haledon, Wayne, West Milford, and Ringwood.

“This funding from the Passaic County Freeholders allows City Green to continue this important community gardening initiative and allow for community gardens to continue to thrive in both suburban and urban environments in Passaic County,” stated City Green Executive Director Jennifer Papa. “I look forward to continuing this important partnership with the Freeholder Board and working to grow this program to every corner of the County.”

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