Grow it Green Morristown
17 Georgian Road
PO Box 230
Morristown, NJ 07963
ContactMs. Samantha G Rothman
Grow it Green Morristown has become a leader in the local sustainability movement. With the preservation of the Early Street Community Garden and our newly expanded Urban Farm, our need to grow our staffing is significant. We aim to hire an Assistant Farmer and an Administrative Assistant in 2014. Dodge's continued support will allow GIGM to increase our organizational capacity to further enhance the community, provide high quality education, and access to local fresh produce.
In March 2009, three Morristown residents came together creating Grow it Green Morristown. The mission of Grow it Green Morristown is to build community through collaborative projects centered around food, education, and shared outdoor spaces. We are working to be a catalyst for positive change in the Greater Morristown Community.
In Spring of 2009, the Early Street Community Garden opened on the site of a littered, vacant lot. Today the garden is a community hub. With numerous organizations, faith groups, business and 65 families on a wait list, the popularity of the program is self-evident. The importance of the Early Street Community Garden and the benefit of GIGM's work were proven when GIGM partnered with The Trust for Public Land and Town of Morristown to save the Garden from a massive redevelopment project. Together, we raised over $2 million to purchase the land and forever save this community asset. This January, we will host a series of stakeholder meetings to create a community driven project to re-build the garden (with substantially more garden beds), a new public park, and demonstration rain-garden area.
In 2010, GIGM created New Jersey's largest school garden: the Urban Farm. We've had thousands of student visits at UF, teaching children about fresh food, nutrition, community engagement and environmental responsibility. The Farm donates vast amounts of produce to our schools and food pantries. Our CSA and Farm Stand Sales are highly successful; moving UF toward self-reliance. In 2013 GIGM partnered with Kings Food Markets and Hampshire Real Estate to double the size of the farm. The build-out is complete and 100% of the new land will be in cultivation this Spring.
Shaun Ananko is our Farm Manager. He teaches classes, tends beehives, manages food distribution, directs interns, hosts service groups and volunteers, participates in events across the area, ... and farms too! This season we also employed two interns, as well as two high school students. At the Early Street Community Garden we pay a small stipend to a gardener to act as the Community Garden Coordinator.