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How to Grow a Great Veggie Garden for School, Community or Home


Kings Daughters Day SchoolThe Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to invite educators, civic group leaders and other aspiring gardeners to the fourth annual community gardening workshop, “Get Your Vegetable Garden Growing,” on Saturday, February 27.

Presented by experts from the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County, the workshop will take place at the Union County Vo-Tech Schools campus in Scotch Plains, at 1776 Raritan Road. Pre-registration is required by February 17. Continuing Education Unit credits are available.

“The urban gardening movement provides County residents of all ages with new opportunities for education, recreation and improved nutrition,” said Freeholder Chairman Bruce H. Bergen. “The Freeholder Board is very proud to support the Extension in its efforts to help our local gardeners achieve a healthy and successful harvest.”

Attendees can choose from the following four topics:

  • Seed Starting & Container Gardening
  • Cooking with Kids for a Healthy Life
  • Starting a Community Garden
  • Improving Your Soil through Composting.

The event also includes a panel Q&A session with experienced gardeners and a keynote address by Laura Lawson, Rutgers University Dean of Agricultural & Urban programs.

The fee for “Get Your Vegetable Garden Growing” is $25.00, which includes lunch and all materials. More details and a brochure with a registration form are available at the Union County website,

To register online, visit by February 17. Registrations are also accepted by mail. To request a brochure and registration form by mail, call the Extension office in Westfield at 908-654-9854.

The Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County is a program of the Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. Supported in part by the Freeholder Board, it is part of a national network organized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to foster youth development and community health. For more information other Union County Extension programs including 4-H, Master Gardeners and Master Tree Stewards, visit

For all Union County programs and services visit, call the Public Info Line, 877-424-1234, email or use the online Contact Form.

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