Already looking towards spring!
Yesterday the West Milford Health Department met with the Westbrook Elementary School Garden Team to identify a site for phase two of the Westbrook school gardening program: an enclosed outdoor garden space. It was decided that the garden should be established adjacent to the pre-existing outdoor classroom space behind the school. The garden will consist of no less than 4 raised beds surrounded by 6 foot fence. Fruits and vegetables for the raised beds may be started indoors using indoor grow racks installed during phase one of the garden program. Ideally, the combination of indoor grow racks and outdoor raised beds will allow for the new gardening program to be utilized throughout the entire school year. Unfortunately, the prime time for gardening in West Milford is during the summer while school is out. By starting plants indoors during the winter students can plant earlier in the season and therefore enjoy the fruits of their labor long before that last bell rings for summer!
The program is supported by funding from Atlantic Health System as part of the New Jersey Healthy Communities Network.
About the Grantee
We are a small local health department located in one of the largest (in land size) municipalities in New Jersey, the rural Northern Passaic County town of West Milford. Environmental health is a high priority for West Milford residents as the Highlands Water Protection and Planning Act charges West Milford residents with protecting the water that supplies much of Northern NJ.