ROSELLE, NJ - The Community Garden at the Frazee House in Scotch Plains will receive a grant of $500 plus materials as part of the 2018 "Plant a Seed" grants initiative. The County has awarded 27 garden projects within nine municipalities through the "Union County Means Green" Community Garden Grants program.
“The goal of Union County Means Green is to enable more County residents to experience the benefits of growing fresh produce in their neighborhoods, including improved access to fresh produce as well new opportunities for education, socialization, recreation and civic service,” said Freeholder Chair Sergio Granados. “By supporting these gardens, we support healthier lifestyles and help people forge stronger bonds with their neighbors and the community at large.”
Grants from Union County Means Green have helped to improve existing community gardens, start new gardens and transform empty lots into thriving centers for social and educational activities, with hundreds of pounds of fresh produce consumed and donated to local food pantries each year.
The 2018 program awarded three types of grants: pre-budgeted $1,250 all-in-one grants for starting new gardens, $500 block grants for expanding or improving gardens including the purchase of equipment and supplies, and $3,000 pre-budgeted grants for hydroponic gardens.