Tuesday, May 19, 2015

City Green Dig In! Program

 City Green Dig In! Program

Passaic County, NJ – May, 2015

City Green is accepting grant applications for its Dig In! program, an initiative seeking to provide local community members with the necessary tools and funding to spearhead the creation of a community garden.  The goal of Dig In! is to expand the number of community gardens in Passaic County by reaching out to members of the community who have the inspiration and drive to build gardens for the people of their own neighborhoods.  The Dig In! program, funded by the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders, has 37 partners who have constructed community gardens with Dig In! funding and support.  Successful applicants who build their own gardens support City Green’s mission of increasing access to healthy food and green, open spaces in the neighborhoods of northern New Jersey.

In addition to up to $2,500 in funding, recipients of City Green’s Dig In! grants will receive technical and educational support including:
·      Group consultation regarding site location
·      Classes in garden planning and management, growing organic foods, and natural pest management
·      Access to City Green’s lending library of tools and native plant nursery
·      Help with procuring tools and materials
·      Two days of labor and garden construction assistance

Dig In! grant recipients are also invited to schedule a City Green garden workshop for their community garden.  Workshops include organic pest management, healthy soil and composting, vegetable gardening, and children in the garden.  Workshops can take place at the community garden site.

Applicants must have a group of five adults committed to garden planning, construction, and maintenance, and the garden must be located in Passaic County.  Applicants are also required to attend at least one information session at the City Green Farm Eco-Center, 171 Grove Street in Clifton. Information sessions will be held on May 19 and June 8 at 6pm.

Applications will also be accepted for improvements to existing gardens.  Second-year applicants can apply for up to $1,000 in funding.

To apply for a Dig In! grant, visit www.citygreenonline.org/application-and-forms, download the digital application, and return completed forms to the City Greens offices at 171 Grove Street, Clifton, NJ or by email to curdanivia@city-green.org on or before July 2nd, 2015. All applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Claudia Urdanivia for further information or with any inquiries.