Bloomfield’s projects to combat childhood obesity are shaping up in spite of the arctic climate that has slammed NJ this winter. Building on the successes of the previous ShapingNJ mini-grants, we’ve decided to expand the community gardens at Oakeside by 300%. This is due to the overwhelming demand for plots last year’s project created. Last year’s project was an unqualified success and proved that Bloomfield residents were definitely interested in growing their own food and improving their health.
It may not look like much now, but don’t let your eyes fool you. This snow covered land is fertile and ready to produce a bumper crop! Stay tuned! There’s much more to come. Over the next few months, prepare to be amazed as you witness the transformation of this land into a min-farm, producing a veritable cornucopia of produce for the resident farmers.
We’ve also begun the process of installing bicycle racks in strategic areas of the town. We call these areas, “trip generators”; logical places for residents to ride their bicycles and have a need to secure them.
Pictured here is some strategic planning of these locations by Washima Solomon of the Montclair YMCA and Michael Hodges of the Bloomfield Health Department during a meeting on February 27th. Not pictured (because she was taking the picture) Laura Torchio of Eat. Play. Live…Better. All are partners in the initiative to make Bloomfield more bikable. Bloomfield’s Community Health Assessment (CHA) indicated for a certainty that residents would enjoy cycling more. Providing secure bike locking stations is one way to ensure that they can cycle to and fro with peace of mind. Please stay tuned. There’s much more to come. Thanks for following us!