NEWARK, NJ - More than 20 local vendors and organizations plus free and fun activities for the whole family will be featured at Greater Newark Conservancy’s annual Spring Block Party. The event on Saturday, May 9th will run from 10:00 a.m. till 2:00 p.m. rain or shine at the Conservancy’s Outdoor Learning Center on Prince Street. The Spring Block Party will include everything from raw honey and honey related products, Eco-Art and natural products and Brazilian capoeira demonstrations to low-priced bikes for kids from the Newark Bike Exchange.

Just in time for Mother’s Day, the Spring Block Party will present one of Newark’s largest plant sales with a wide variety of flowering plants, vegetables and herbs. Newark Youth Leadership Project (NYLP) interns will be staffing the Conservancy’s Youth Farm Stand offering fresh, locally grown produce for sale. Top local food trucks will also add to the festivities. Other event highlights include a bouncy house, music, crafts for kids, face painting, raffles to win gardening supplies, healthcare screenings and much more.

 “Our goal this year was to increase participation from Newark businesses, organizations and residents,” noted Sabrinah Mubarak-Lindsey, the Conservancy’s Director of Education. “We invited local Newark restaurants and vendors and reached out to our partner schools. We've added local partner agencies such as 4-H who will have a kids workshop, Playworks who will run games for families and a Newark based dance crew.”

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“I'm excited about these collaborative efforts,” added the Conservancy’s Executive Director, Robin Dougherty. “In addition to all the fun activities and programs at the Block Party, we have increased our focus on wellness related issues like nutrition, and partnering with local hospitals to provide free screenings for diabetes and high blood pressure will help support our goals and contribute to a healthier community.”

Founded in 1987, Greater Newark Conservancy’s mission is to promote environmental stewardship to improve the quality of life in New Jersey’s urban communities through environmental education, community gardening, urban farming, beautification of neighborhoods, job training and environmental justice.

For more information about the Spring Block Party, other programs and services, volunteer opportunities or to make a donation to support Greater Newark Conservancy, visit CityBloom.org. You can also follow news from the Conservancy at Facebook.com/GreaterNewarkConservancy and Twitter at @Citybloom87.