SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Scotch Plains Mayor Al Smith and Township Manager/Union County Freeholder Al Mirabella congratulated McGinn Elementary School students for their collective efforts in achieving a grant from the Union County Kids Dig In 2017 School Garden Grant Program.

The County awarded 31 schools in 12 county municipalities Union County Kids Dig In! grants through its Open Space Trust Fund, offering a total of just under $40,000 in grant.  

The grant covers the building of gardens, garden boxes and/or tools and equipment. It is aimed at educating students about gardening and fostering the growth and creation of community gardens at the schools.

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Schools must agree to set aside 30% of their harvest for community donation and enroll in Come Grow With Us!, a free countywide information and resource sharing network for community gardens. is Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s only free daily paper. Sign up for our daily eNews and follow us on Facebook and twitter @SPF_TAP. Download the free TAPinto App for iPhone or Android.