On January 29, staff from the Garfield YMCA meet with the city’s deputy city manager to identify and be granted permission to use an appropriate site for a Shaping NJ community garden with funds secured by the Garfield YMCA. The Garfield Y had hopes of putting earth boxes on city property that can easily be accessed by the whole community. The site that was identified is on Jewel Street, a city park that is footsteps away from the YMCA. Children from the YMCA and program participants will not be the only ones with easy access; it is easily accessible to the students of a nearby Middle School and program participants of many other city agencies that work with children. The park turns into a “spray park” in the summer months for children. Having such an abundant water supply at the park makes for the perfect garden site, coupled with an easily accessible location, all were very excited about the project.
On Friday, February 1, Lorraine Gibbons from Garden State Urban Farms visited the site and agreed it is well-suited for the installation of earth boxes. Sun, location, water, all of the necessary elements for a great community garden are present.