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Tue, Jan 29, 2013

Community, Health

Beds and Breakfast at the Greater Newark Conservancy

BY Melissa Bee

Beds and Breakfast at the Greater Newark Conservancy

On February 9, the Greater Newark Conservancy will delight you with their 2nd Annual Beds and Breakfast Community Gardening and Urban Farming Winter Seminar. For $25, the breakfast event will teach urban farmers and interested Newarkers all they need to know for the year ahead.

“We hope this highly anticipated annual event will inspire new & existing community gardeners/urban farmers to network, learn, and plan for the upcoming gardening season,” said Robin Dougherty, the Conservancy’s Executive Director.

The Saturday morning event was brought back this year by popular demand, just in time to prepare for the upcoming growing season. Anyone from beginners to experts can learn and share information about gardening and composting.

Topics will be covered by expert panelists and representatives from local community gardens, include community gardening models, organization strategies, funding opportunities, site planning, planting information, composting, and native vs. invasive plants.

Community gardening has been growing more popular in Newark in the past few years. There are many community gardens, the largest of which is Hawthorne Avenue Farm, a new two-acre farm being developed in the South Ward. Urban farming makes novel use of yards to grow fruits, vegetables, and other plants. Also, with co-ops and farm shares, people grow closer as a community and that’s great news for our city.

The best benefit of urban farming is the availability of healthy food to more people in a place where fresh produce isn’t that easy to get for everyone. Whether it’s your backyard garden for fresh salads or a community farm to sell at farmer’s markets, it helps more people stay healthy and get access to fresh fruits and vegetables.

This is a great networking breakfast for anyone involved in community gardening or interested in starting or joining one. Check out www.citybloom.org for more details or to register for Beds and Breakfast (pre-registration required). If you register and pay by February 1st, they’ll even give you a half-flat of plants!

The Greater Newark Conservancy runs a lot of fun and educational events on their campus. Check their website for a list of upcoming events!

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