ELIZABETH, NJ - A small vegetable garden tucked alongside the offices of the Coalition to House the Homeless in Elizabeth was the scene of activities all summer long for children in the nonprofit agency’s Bernice’s Place program.

The children grew a bumper crop of tomatoes, cucumbers and watermelon in the heart of the urban environment. Freeholder Vice Chairman Sergio Granados visited with Coalition Executive Director Linda Flores-Tober, Jackie Park-Albaum of Groundwork Elizabeth,

Bernice's Place Coordinator Carina Grajales, and Master Gardener Amanda Leon to learn about the enriching experiences the garden provides for youth.

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The Peace Garden received a grant from the Union County Means Green Community Garden Grant program, a 2016 initiative of Chairman Bruce H. Bergen, to help purchase a tool shed and other equipment.

For information about Chairman Bergen’s grant program visit 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.