All community members in Northern New Jersey should have access to fresh food and beautiful, open green spaces. City Green’s “Dig In!” program, funded by the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders, turns this idea into a reality by making the construction of new community gardens widely accessible to all members of the Passaic County community, regardless of age or economic status.
The Dig In! program provides a wide range of support and resources for the successful establishment of sustainable garden projects. By filling out a simple application, residents can become a partner of City Green and spearhead a new community garden in their own neighborhood. Community gardens beautify neighborhoods, provide fresh food and vegetables, and give local residents a safe place to gather and appreciate the wonder of the outdoors.
Community gardens also help foster a sense of community well being and togetherness while reminding urban dwellers that access to green spaces and fresh food is not just for rural residents. Some of the resources that participants in the Dig In! program enjoy include access to grants and funding for purchasing building supplies, guidance in creating a community garden team, technical assistance in building gardens, access to City Green’s tool lending library, and educational workshop opportunities.
Habitat Restoration & Tree Planting
The Dig In! program also offers resources for habitat restoration projects and tree plantings. This new project seeks to engage municipalities, community organizations, schools, garden clubs, and motivated individuals to make change in their local communities through greening and beautification projects. These projects use the beauty and enchantment of public plant and garden installations to inspire new pride in communities, support local wildlife, and change the public experience of community life. Community groups and municipalities now have the opportunity to participate in high-impact beautification projects that have far-reaching effects on communities and the people who live there. City Green will partner with community groups and municipalities to develop vibrant, natural habitats and gardens throughout Passaic County. Micro-grants in three categories: pollinator gardens, tree plantings, and large-scale bulb plantings.