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Community Garden Celebrates a Bumper Crop of Fresh Greens

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The Hillside Victory Community Garden Club celebrated another successful year with its 6th annual fall harvest festival last weekend.

The garden is still enjoying a lavish crop of cold-hardy collards, chard and other seasonal greens.

It also provides a habitat for valuable pollinators.

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Union County Freeholders Sergio Granados (far l.) and Vernell Wright (far r.) thanked the gardeners for their work, which includes donating fresh produce, providing volunteer opportunities for local youth, and engaging the community in healthy nutrition.

This year the garden received a grant from the new Union County Means Green Community Garden Grant program, a 2016 initiative of Freeholder Chairman Bruce H. Bergen.

More information about the grant program is available online at ucnj.org or call the grant administrator, Groundwork Elizabeth, 908-558-1142.

For all Union County programs and services visit ucnj.org, call the Public Info Line, 877-424-1234, email info@ucnj.org or use the online Contact Form.

 

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Rutgers Hikes Tuition, Student Fees for 2018-2019 Academic Year

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Union County Hosts Events and Programs for Special Needs Residents

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More Traffic, No Solution – Letter to Governor Phil Murphy

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