LINDEN, NJ - Staff and students at McManus Middle School in Linden were working on the school’s vegetable garden on Tuesday, July 24, picking vegetables, tending to plants and putting down mulch.

The garden was funded through a Union County “Kids Dig In” grant. It’s the second year the
school has planted the garden, doubling from four beds to eight this year. They are growing
kale, tomatoes, eggplant, squash, jalapeños, honeydew, cantaloupe and more.

The produce is donated to needy families at the school first, then to the county's senior nutrition
program at Linden’s John T. Gregorio Recreation Center and a food pantry run by the Linden
Interfaith Network for Community Service (LINCS). The grant requires that 30 percent of the
produce goes to charity.

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“Kids Dig In” gardens are growing at several Linden Public Schools, including School No. 2,
School No. 5, School No. 6, and the Academy of Excellence alternative high school.

A garden at School No. 4, in its third year, is funded through the New Jersey Agricultural
Society’s Learning Through Gardening grant, which seeks to teach students to make healthier
food choices and take better care of their environment, all while making learning more exciting.


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