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Kearny, New Jersey Awarded $2,000 Sustainable Jersey Grant
 
Kearny, New Jersey Awarded $2,000 Sustainable Jersey Grant
 

Sustainable Jersey representatives announced on March 12, 2014, that Kearny, New Jersey has been awarded a Sustainable Jersey Capacity-Building Grant. The $2,000 grants are intended to assist community Green Teams as they lead and coordinate the sustainability activities of their community.

The Sustainable Jersey Small Grants Program funded by the PSEG Foundation is providing $200,000 in grants to local governments for sustainability projects. Since 2009, Sustainable Jersey has distributed approximately $1,375,000 in grants to New Jersey municipalities to help towns make their communities more livable, environmentally friendly and prosperous.

Mayor Alberto Santos said, “Year two for Kearny’s Community Garden is off to a great start. Last year our green team members worked very hard learning to cultivate our organic, straw bale garden. I am pleased to say that this year the organizers’ plan to expand the project and invite more residents to become urban gardeners growing their own vegetables and flowers in our straw bales. We have already had a 45 new families sign up to participate this coming year. Thanks to this grant we will be able to continue the team’s mission of beautifying, educating, and nourishing the community.”

David Mach, one of the garden’s co-founders said, “There was so much interest in the garden last year that we had to expand to meet all of the demand. This requires more straw bales, potting soils and organic fertilizer than we needed our first season. The grant helps cover these costs and will ensure this growing season is even more prosperous.”

A core element of the Sustainable Jersey program is to direct funding and resources to municipalities to aid them in making progress. Currently, 72 percent of the state's municipalities participating (406 towns across all 21 counties) have registered to become Sustainable Jersey certified. “The impact that these projects will make in New Jersey is incredible,” said Pam Mount, Chair of the Sustainable Jersey Board of Trustees. “Aiding towns and Green Teams to achieve their sustainability goals by funding green initiatives will have a ripple effect that will benefit us all.”

Jenny Mach, another garden’s co-founders added, “All of the 250 spaces in this year’s garden sold out in only four days. However, we are compiling a waiting list for those interested in case space opens up. If you are interested in learning more about Kearny’s Straw Bale Garden, or if you wish to join the waiting list, contact KearnyCommunityGarden@gmail.com, or just stop by the garden: 487 Passaic Ave (just south of Midland Ave).” 

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