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A Helping Hand for Community Gardeners

Union County, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce “Get Your Garden Growing,” a full day of workshops aimed at helping school and civic groups make their community gardens a success. The event is scheduled for Saturday, February 23 at the County’s Trailside Nature and Science Center in Mountainside.

All of the workshops are led by experts from the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County.

“Community gardening is a healthy, educational activity that enriches civic life, and this is a great chance to get reliable guidance from experts who have amassed a wonderful store of gardening experience right here in Union County,” said Freeholder Chairman Linda Carter.

The workshops will cover all the basics of planning and tending a community garden as well as container gardening, rainwater harvesting, safe soil practices for gardening in urban and suburban areas, learning experiences for youngsters, and using gardens to improve nutrition.

The fee for the workshop is $15 (including lunch) and pre-registration is required by February 13. To register or to get more information, contact Judi Laganga at the Extension, 908-654-9854 or



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Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station Cooperative Extension educational programs are offered to all without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, atypical hereditary cellular or blood trait, marital status, civil union status, domestic partnership status, military service, veteran status, and any other category protected by law. Rutgers Cooperative Extension encourages individuals with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you need special accommodations, have questions about physical access, or require alternate means for program information, please contact your local Extension Office. Contact the State Extension Director’s Office if you have concerns related to discrimination, 848-932-3584.