ROSELLE PARK, NJ - The Roselle Park Environmental Commission recently announced that the community garden will be open again to the public, following COVID-friendly guidelines.

Thanking Mayor Signorello III for his support, the Environmental Commission said that it was able to create a COVID-friendly plan to ensure that community members are safe, and can enjoy the experience of growing highly nutritious organic food.

The Commission will be hosting a lottery for residents of Roselle Park to rent out a 4’ x 8’ garden raised bed filled with organic compost and an automated watering system installed. The community garden is located at 133 Valley Road. Anyone interested in entering the lottery should go to sites.google.com/view/RPGarden. It costs $50 to rent a garden raised bed for the season.  The Commission will also have seeds and a limited amount of plant starts available for members.

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The Commission's goal is to make sure that anyone who is interested in growing their own food has an equal opportunity to join.

“The community garden is a place where we will grow delicious organic food, but more importantly, community,” said Arnulfo Toro, Chair of the Environmental Commission. 

“Our goal is to make sure that anyone who is interested in growing their own food has an opportunity. In partnership with the local Boy Scout Troop 56, we have designed two new waist high raised garden boxes, which can accommodate the elderly or anyone with physical disability,” said Sarah Mack, Secretary of the Commission. 

The Commission will be accepting applications for the lottery until Friday, April 9, 2021, and will be selecting 25 individuals/ families through the lottery system on Saturday, April 10.