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Earth Day At Jersey City’s Community Garden

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Jersey City, New Jersey (My9NJ) - Yesterday was Earth Day and people all across New Jersey took time to celebrate Mother Earth. Founder of the Astor Free Community Garden in Jersey City, Tinia Bland, organized a day of gardening with some of the city’s hardest working two and three year olds.

“We reach out throughout the entire community, we grow collard greens, mustard greens, turnip greens, four different types of tomatoes, watermelon, pumpkin and this year we’re introducing fruit,” Bland explained.

Bland said that she started this garden because she saw potential in an abandoned lot in a rough part of Jersey City and she wanted to help out the city’s senior citizens, poor and working poor in any way that she could.

Astor Place Block Associate Duval Brown said that this community garden has become a staple for the people in the town and it’s all done with donations.

“We are doing the work and we are seeing the harvest of those seeds. And it’s something that we’re not out begging, it’s just given to the community,” he said.

The Learning Suite Director Myani Lawson said that this garden is about sowing seeds that will stay with their kids forever.

“Community service starts from a young age and being civic minded and caring about the earth,” she said.

And it’s true! These two and three year olds are learning how to plant seeds, take care of a garden, eat healthy and really take pride in the community in which they come from.


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