Center For Food Action – Non Profit in New Jersey

Englewood Organic Garden Program

#LetsGrowTogether

We love adding fresh veggies to our emergency food packages. Fresh produce is important to a healthy diet, but can be very expensive and has a limited shelf life. All the produce from CFA’s garden is organically grown and distributed to local families in need, who rarely have access to fresh vegetables.  

Our Master Gardener, Smadar Shemmesh, volunteers countless hours coordinating support from high school volunteers, youth organizations and corporate groups including local businesses such as Quench Irrigation, which help make our garden bloom.

The garden integrates climate conscious practices and is affiliated with several environmentally friendly organizations which include Ample Harvest, Bergen County Audubon Society and Green America. A sample of crops planted in the pantry garden this spring include leafy greens such as lettuce, kale, arugula, collard greens, peas and pole beans, summer and winter squash, tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, okra and cabbage, garlic, potatoes, watermelons, carrots, beets, herbs such as cilantro, parsley, basil, thyme fennel and several varieties of mint. Native plants are planted throughout the garden, supporting the wildlife and attracting beneficial pollinators such as butterflies and bees. 


A heartfelt “Thank You” goes to JTI, and to our other generous corporate donors, in addition to our individual benefactors for their continued support and charitable donation of funds. We are also indebted to the dedicated team of garden volunteers who work tirelessly to make the pantry garden grow.


An additional “Thank You” to the many local garden groups who grow food to help our clients including Central Unitarian Church in Paramus, Christ Lutheran Church in Woodcliff Lake and Saint Anastasia in Teaneck, NJ.


Ample Harvest

Bergen County Audubon Society 

Green America

Quench Irrigation
Quench Irrigation donated and installed an irrigation system to solve one of our garden biggest obstacles: how to keep the garden adequately watered without round the clock volunteers.  This was a huge step forward in growing produce for our clients.
The Community Chest
Thank you to The Community Chest Serving Englewood, Tenafly and Englewood Cliffs for supporting the CFA Englewood garden. Your support provided the funding to continue expanding our efforts to provide fresh produce to local families in need.
Dwight-Englewood School
Our thanks to Dwight-Englewood School students, under the guidance of Tasha Urbanowski, for your annual spring transplanting of tomato, broccoli, beans and pepper seedlings into the CFA garden and for helping us to expand our garden.

Have a green Thumb?

Do you want help in our Community Garden Program? 

No green thumb required.

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