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Community Gardening

City Green is working with communities, neighborhoods and cities to facilitate the creation of new community gardens for increased access to healthy, fresh organically grown food, neighborhood beautification and community building.

City Green works closely with the Departments of Public Works and Recreation in Paterson to facilitate community gardens; is the official "Adopt-A-Lot" partner of Jersey City; and is working with the Clifton Department of Recreation on launching the new City Green Community Garden at Schultheis Farm.

If you have a spot in your neighborhood you would like to turn into a community garden, contact City Green for guidance and assistance at (973) 869-4068 or info@city-green.org 

 Community gardening has a wide range of benefits for gardeners and neighborhoods alike.  According to the American Community Gardening Association, community gardening:

  • Improves the quality of life for participants

  • Provides a catalyst for neighborhood and community development

  • Beautifies Neighborhoods

  • Produces Nutritious Food

  • Reduces Family Food Budgets

  • Creates opportunity for recreation, exercise, therapy, and education

  • Reduces Crime

  • Preserves Green Space

  • Reduces city heat from streets and parking lots

  • Provides opportunities for intergenerational and cross-cultural connections

 And Gardening is Good for You! Gardening is a unique form of exercise that allows you to do something calming, creative and fun, while you work various muscle groups and get a cardiovascular workout as well!

Here's How the City Green Community Garden Program Works:

The Consultation: City Green will consult with you to discuss our program, determine a good garden location, and help to create a plan of action.

The Community Interest Meeting: City Green will hold a Community Interest Meeting at your location, to describe the City Green garden program, the benefits of community gardens, determine how the community would like to use the garden and to get input on design and layout.

Cost Sharing: City Green offers a cost sharing program to help cover garden construction costs.  Gardens can cost anywhere between $100. and $800. to install depending on size and scope. Gardens can be built in “phases” to ease the burden of funding.  City Green will fund half of all initial garden construction costs, from garden bed materials and soil to seeds and plants.

Garden Construction: City Green offers two days of help with garden construction. From clean up to completion, we can bring tools, volunteers and enthusiasm to help your group with the whole process. Not experienced gardeners? City Green offers free gardening class for your group at your garden location. Learn the basics of healthy soil, natural pest management, composting, watering and plant care. We are always a phone call away should you need further support. 

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