Jump start your spring with a wide range of family friendly activities and programs and a huge assortment of flowers and vegetables at Greater Newark Conservancy’s annual Spring Block Party & Plant Sale on Saturday, May 7th from 10:00 a.m. till 4:00 p.m. at the Conservancy’s Outdoor Learning Center, 32 Prince Street between Springfield and South Orange Avenues (across from the new ShopRite of Newark).

This free event will feature informative gardening and cooking demonstrations, crafts and activities for kids including a petting zoo with lots of animals like goats, alpacas, rabbits and sheep and birds like chicks and ducks, a professional face painter, plus local vendors selling and sampling their products. The Conservancy’s Youth Farm Stand will have fresh, locally-grown produce at affordable prices from its urban farms in Newark.

“In addition to lots of fun for the whole family, our plant sale is just in time for Mother’s Day,” noted the Conservancy’s Executive Director Robin Dougherty. “We’ll be featuring a large variety of vegetables, annuals, herbs, and hanging baskets to help get your garden started.”

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Founded in 1987, Greater Newark Conservancy’s mission is to promote environmental stewardship to improve the quality of life in New Jersey’s urban communities through environmental education, community gardening, urban farming, beautification of neighborhoods, job training and environmental justice.

For more information about the Spring Block Party, other programs and services, volunteer opportunities or to make a donation to support Greater Newark Conservancy, visit CityBloom.org. You can also follow news from the Conservancy through social media at Facebook.com/GreaterNewarkConservancy, plus Twitter and Instagram - @Citybloom87.