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Bringing Our Produce to People Where They Live and Work

Grow It Green Morristown has always been committed to providing fresh, local food and outdoor community spaces to all area residents. We created the Early Street Community Garden from an abandoned lot and New Jersey’s largest public education farm, providing educational opportunities for more than 3,000 children a year. Much of the food we grow at the Urban Farm is donated to community shelters and kitchens. We also offer double SNAP benefits (formerly food stamps) on produce sold at our farm stand. We are always seeking new and improved ways to reach people that would benefit most from our affordable, fresh food.

Recently, we realized that many low-income families that lack access to fresh food may also lack access to transportation needed to visit us at our Farm Stand – so we’re taking our Farm Stand on the road! Beginning in mid-July, we are launching our Pop-up Farm Stand in the census tract 435, an area of Morristown identified as having a 25% higher poverty rate than other neighborhoods.

With input from our partners that work in the census tract, we have identified three areas to set up shop. Every Wednesday, our Pop-up Farm Stand will be located on a rotating basis at the Early Street Community Garden, the Neighborhood House, and George Gramby Memorial Park – high foot traffic areas. The best part about the Pop-up Farm Stand is that we can relocate if a better opportunity arises to meet people where they live and work.

With the locations determined and the necessary permits in place, all that’s left to do is prepare the produce! Our farmers are hard at work now prepping, planting, and weeding to make sure we have the freshest food for our neighbors. Be on lookout this summer and fall for our Grow It Green truck and Pop-up Farm Stand!

About the Grantee

North Jersey Health Collaborative

Grow It Green Morristown creates sustainable farms and gardens, and educates communities on healthy eating and environmental stewardship. We believe that fresh, local food should be accessible to all.