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Learn How to Start a Community, School or Home Garden

Please note new location: this event will take place at Extension offices in the Colleen Fraser Building at the County complex in Westfield, at 300 North Avenue East.

Union County, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce the 5th Annual Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County Community Gardening Conference on Saturday, March 25, 2017, from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm.

The “Get Your Vegetable Garden Growing: Home-School-Community” conference is geared towards teachers, volunteers and community organizations interested in establishing or improving school and community gardens.  Home gardeners are welcome, too.

“If you have an interest in starting a school or community garden, or if you’d like to get expert guidance on your backyard garden, come to “Get Your Vegetable Garden Growing,” said Union County Freeholder Chairman Bruce H. Bergen. “It’s a great way to help ensure that you have a healthy, bountiful harvest.”

The conference features workshops on starting a community garden, composting and pest management as well as container, rain and enabling gardens.  Healthy snacks from the garden and food safety will also be addressed.

Rutgers faculty and Master Gardeners will be conducting the workshops. Teachers in attendance will be awarded four CEU’s. 

Registration is required. The fee is $50.00 including lunch.

For more information visit and follow the “View full brochure” link or call Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County at 908-654-9854 (option 2).

To register on line visit

The Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County is supported in part by the Freeholder Board. For all programs and activities visit

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