Archive for the ‘Gardening/horticulture’ category

Middle Township Achieves Sustainable Jersey’s Bronze Certification – Update!

October 11, 2011

By Elizabeth Terenik, Principal of Terenik Land Use Consulting Updated 1/25/2011 This time last year, as part of the Mayor’s initiative to green the Township, the Middle Township Environmental Commission was re-established after many years of not functioning. Also at this time, the Township had been registered in the Sustainable Jersey program, but had not [...]

Seed Money for Seeds

October 11, 2011

By Helen Brady, President, Friends of Hilltop Hanover Farm and Environmental Center The receipt of a generous grant from the Community Catalyst Fund allowed the Friends of Hilltop Hanover Farm and Environmental Center, Inc. buy the necessary vegetable seeds, soil amendments and supplies to plant our first Community Supported Agriculture program. Hilltop Hanover Farm and [...]

Welcome to the Ringwood (NJ) Community Garden!

July 25, 2011

By Amy Jolin, President, Eat Local Thanks to a generous grant from the Community Catalyst Fund, Eat Local, Inc. was able to purchase lumber, fencing, water barrels, and soil for a large, beautiful garden in the wooded and rocky soils of Ringwood, NJ.The project started in 2010 as a charity garden organized by Girl Scout [...]

A Community Harvest in Mansfield, CT

July 20, 2011

By Dr. Beth T. Gankofskie, Food Service Director Mansfield Public Schools With support from the Community Catalyst Fund, Southeast Elementary School’s Garden Project started last summer (2010), has continued through to this spring (2011), and will continue through the summer. The garden is a raised bed measuring 20 feet by 24 feet with a surrounding [...]

A Garden Grows in Springfield, NJ

May 6, 2011

By Denise Devone, Chairperson, Springfield Environmental Commission With a grant from the Community Catalyst Fund, the Springfield (NJ) Environmental Commission is finishing up Phase II of our Community Gardens.  This winter provided a plethora/multitude of tasks for the Springfield Department of Public Works (DPW). The DPW are the fellows who build all of the wooden [...]

Why My City is Cool

January 26, 2011

By Jim Rutala, Chair, Linwood (NJ) Environmental Commission Achieved bronze Sustainable Jersey Certification.  Linwood, NJ,  is part of an elite group of 67 municipalities that have achieved the prestigious Sustainable Jersey certification. Municipalities that earn the certification are considered by their peers, by state government, and by the experts and civic organizations in New Jersey, [...]

Community Catalyst Fund helps Groton student garden expand and grow

August 18, 2010

Watch the Community Catalyst Fund help the Groton Student Farm grow. For more information on the Community Catalyst Fund, visit

Starting a national conversation – about food!

July 2, 2010

By Julie Munro Climate Fellow, Clean Air-Cool Planet     Julie Munro is working with Claire Roby in Oklahoma on Charting Emissions from Food Services (CHEFS) and Greening Tulsa. A new graduate of American University in Washington, D.C., she was “very active in campaigning for campus sustainability and I helped to establish a community garden, [...]

What does sustainability look like? What does it taste like?

June 25, 2010

By Harry Alper Climate Fellow, Clean Air-Cool Planet Harry Alper is earning an undergraduate degree in anthropology at Washington University in St. Louis, where he is involved in environmental justice efforts and “grateful for every chance to ride bikes with friends and to serve dinner on my front porch.”  He will be working this summer [...]

CSA – Hooray!

July 2, 2009

By Teal Tigner Corporate Program Consultant Clean Air-Cool Planet I have always loved vegetables.  I’m probably the only 5 year old who asked for a dinner of steamed veggies … with a side of French fries, of course.  I mean, I was still 5 even if I DID love vegetables.  Fortunately, my love of veggies [...]


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