It was great to see the smiling face of Lorraine Gibbons (2nd from the left), founder of Garden State Urban Farms (GSUF). I have been a big fan of hers ever since the founding of Brick City Urban Farms (the original name) in Newark. Good memories of visiting BCUF and then GSUF at the new hydroponic greenhouse in Orange, NJ came back when reading this article.
We need many more socially conscious entrepreneurs like Lorraine doing what she does in all inner cities across the country. She walks the walk.
Read a series of prior posts about BCUF now GSUF dating back to when Newark Mayor Cory Booker (now Senator) visited the farm back in 2008.
Jersey City has also launched its first Earth Box Farms, an initiative in which 125 Earth Boxes were donated by Garden State Urban Farms (GSUF). The Earth Boxes, or self-contained gardening systems, were distributed to the Maureen Collier Senior Center, the Jersey City Health and Human Services building and the Berry Gardens Public Housing complex. Earth Boxes make it possible to garden anywhere, including paved parking lots and patios.
GSUF collaborates with schools, nonprofit organizations and government groups to provide employment opportunities and educational programming, as well as low-cost, healthy food in urban areas throughout New Jersey. GSUF also provided training for the gardeners, along with the guidance of master gardeners from the Jersey City Parks Coalition.
More gardens will be sprouting up around Jersey City this spring thanks to a new initiative that will expand urban agriculture and also make healthier foods from farmers' markets more accessible.
Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop and the Department of Health and Human Services are joining up with the Partnership for a Healthier JC to increase resources for "Earth Box" gardens at several sites around the city and Adopt-A-Lot programs, which allows residents to transform unused city-owned lots into gardens by leasing out the site for a dollar. Read more...