The latest from the City of Hoboken….
HOBOKEN ANNOUNCES “ADOPT A GARDEN” PROGRAM FOR LOCAL SCHOOLS
Green Space behind City Hall to See Gardens Grow in Spring and Summer 2011
Mayor Dawn Zimmer joined school children from Elysian Charter School to kick off the “Adopt a Garden” program. The urban gardening initiative involves the creation of four new garden plots on Bloomfield Street behind City Hall which can be adopted by local schools
”I hope this represents just the beginning of the growth of urban community gardening in Hoboken,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “This is an important component of being a sustainable city that can beautify neighborhoods, improve nutrition, and even help reduce storm water runoff and mitigate flooding.”
”These new garden plots are gifts to our children,” said Angela Dunckley, a Kindergarten teacher at Elysian Charter School. “Like many gifts they will also give to all of us as they grow and sprout fruits and flowers in the coming growing season. We’re excited to see what everyone comes up with.”
This urban gardening initiative is like thousands of others that have sprung up all across the country in the last few years. Some were seeded by necessity, as millions of people threatened economically by the recession took up cultivating their own food. Others, such as those on the White House lawn or just starting in Battery Park in Lower Manhattan have great symbolic value, as people of every age and background are seeking to reconnect with the Earth.
Hoboken’s initiative will offer a garden plot to any interested local school. The plots are 10 feet by 10 feet, and the City has offered to build a raised bed, lay a protective membrane above the existing soil, and bring in a limited amount of clean topsoil to help the gardens grow. This opportunity is open to all schools within the City of Hoboken. An application form for schools seeking to adopt a garden is available on the City website at www.hobokennj.org/docs/humanserv/Adopt-a-Garden.doc.
As part of the Earth Day announcement, Mayor Zimmer stated that the City would install up to 6 rain barrels behind City Hall to catch the runoff from the City Hall roof.
“These 6 barrels are just a drop in the bucket to solving our flooding problem here in Hoboken, but as we all know every step to reduce runoff helps solve the greater flooding problem,” added Mayor Zimmer. “Plus, this reclaimed water will be critical for helping these gardens survive the summer heat and potential droughts we might face.”
The Hudson County Improvement Authority is offering discounted rain barrels and compost bins to residents on April 30th. For more information visit: http://www.hcia.org/docs/Compost_Bin_Rain_Barrel_Flyer.pdf