ROSELLE, NJ - Roselle’s Washington and Harrison Elementary schools are among 32 recipients of the “Union County Kids Dig In!” grant. The grant provides support for the creation of gardens, garden boxes and/or tools and equipment and is intended to educate students about gardening and fostering the growth and creation of community gardens at the schools.

The County presented the Union County Kids Dig In! grant program to each school district through its Open Space Trust Fund, offering a total of just under $40,000 in grant assistance through revenues from golf fees administered through the fund.

"From our high school's culinary arts program on down, teaching our students about nutritional health and about where their food comes from is a priority in our district," said Roselle Superintendent Dr. Richard Corbett. "I am so proud of Washington and Harrison elementary schools for their work in promoting this goal, as well as instilling an appreciation for the environment among our students."

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Freeholder Vice Chairman Sergio Granados, who worked to create the program as the Chairman of the Union County Open Space, Recreation and Historic Preservation Trust Fund, said the program was "a great way to get everyone involved in community gardening—not only the children, but also their parents, the teachers and residents.”

The grant program covers produce gardens including vegetables, fruits, nuts, berries, herbs and spices, pollinator-attracting plants and plants for pest management. It does not cover ornamental plants or non-producing gardens.