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City Green, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to facilitating the establishment of urban farms and gardens in northern New Jersey's cities to enrich the lives of inner city residents, while cultivating education in public health, nutrition and the environment. City Green offers practical, technical and financial support to community members of all ages to design, create and manage these urban green spaces. City Green promotes social justice and environmental equality through these greening efforts.
Through a variety of programs and projects, City Green has been providing access to fresh organically grown produce, education on gardening, nutrition and the environment, and avenues to revitalize and rejuvenate the urban environment for ten years. Our goal at City Green is two-fold; to increase food security by providing access to healthy, affordable, culturally appropriate food; and to use gardening and growing food as a catalyst for urban revitalization both on the personal and community level. New Ground is City Green’s neighborhood community garden program. This includes community gardening, Green Your Block! and Back Yard Gardener workshops, an annual Garden Contest, and Community Events. City Sprouts is our youth gardening program, taking place at community gardens, after school facilities and our own City Green Learning Garden. School Grounds includes school gardens and environmental clubs. Our City Green Farms program includes two organic urban farm sites producing a variety of organic produce that is sold at City Green run Farm Stands in Paterson, Passaic and Clifton. All City Green Farm stands accept and double the value of federal food benefits such as EBT, WIC and FMNP. All excess produce is donated to local food pantries through our Good Food Box donation program. Growing Strong is City Green’s paid high school intern program providing summer employment and youth development to inner city high school students.
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