Carolle is the Vice President and Co-founder of Grow It Green Morristown. The tag line ‘Creating Common Ground, Growing Community’ says it all. Visit www.growitgreenmorristown.org to see what we mean.
We built the Early Street Community Garden first (2009). After volunteers cleared a deserted property, we built raised beds, filled them with topsoil and began gardening. We hold classes on different garden topics for our gardeners and the public; we host movie nights, potluck dinners, and other activities. It started with 50 families and groups gardening here; with the help of the Town of Morristown and The Trust for Public Land, we launched a capital campaign, Grow Early, to fund the expansion. We envision this community garden to be a model for sustainable open spaces in an urban area.
Our largest project is The Urban Farm at Lafayette. It is an agricultural teaching garden that serves the entire Morris School District and the community. Classes are held during the growing season for children of all ages, and during the school year there are field trips to the Urban Farm so children can learn where their food originates! Produce is used in the school food programs, and is distributed through the Interfaith Food Pantry or sold to the community.
In 2014, we doubled the size of The Urban Farm! It has become a place of real community, and our growth enables us to host more classes and events, and donate more produce!
With this expansive growth came the opportunity to hire an Executive Director in 2014. This step will help us sustain continuity in our services and keep us moving forward!