MORRISTOWN, NJ - This summer's family fundraiser, Alfresco at the Farm, hosted by Grow it Green Morristown, honored local teacher, Dorelly Lozaw of Morristown's Hillcrest Elementary School as Classroom Cultivator of the Year. This year's fundraiser was held at The Urban Farm, New Jersey's largest public school garden.
Farmer Shaun, Director of Agriculture and Education, presented the award to Lozaw who was chosen because of her enthusiasm in introducing school gardening programs to students.
“It is great when you have educators who are passionate about healthy eating, gardening and the environment. That passion shines through to the students and helps reinforce what we teach at the Urban Farm,” he said.
In addition to honoring Lozaw, the 8th annual family fundraiser featured live music by Pine Sap Kings, local eats from Millie's Old World Pizza & Meatballs, The Artist Baker, Enjou Chocolat, Pure Pita and Pascarella Brothers as well as face and rock painting, relay races, corn hole games, and flower crown making. Attendees were also able to learn about different areas of farming as part of the “Passport Around the Farm” and had a chance to win great prizes donated by local businesses.The event drew record crowds and surpassed previous fundraising efforts.
Grow it Green Morristown, who manages The Urban Farm, is a local nonprofit focused on increasing access to fresh, local food, and providing education on healthy eating and environmental stewardship for the greater Morristown community. During the 2016 - 2017 school year, The Urban Farm hosted over 1,600 student visits for Morris School District students and other districts this spring.
The new school year will begin in a few weeks and the Urban Farm is aiming to host an additional 1,000 student visits this fall. In addition to providing farm-based education, Grow It Green donates much of the produce that is grown at the Urban Farm. So far this spring, the organization has donated over 1,000 pounds of produce to the Interfaith Food Pantry, the Community Soup Kitchen of Morris County, and the Table of Hope.