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We love adding fresh veggies to our emergency food packages. Smadar Shemmesh, our garden manager who volunteers countless hours, coordinates the support of Dwight Englewood School under the guidance of Tasha Urbanowski, Paul Keyes Associates and Quench Irrigation to make our garden bloom.
A heartfelt thank you to the First Presbyterian Church in Englewood (FPCE) for your continued support and generous donation of funds to help our garden grow. Also, many thanks to the dedicated team of garden volunteers, including Chelsea Gleis and the Greenteam of Englewood and the Bergen County Starbucks Community Outreach volunteers, who help us maintain this important project.
Fresh produce is important to a healthy diet, but it can be very expensive, and it has a limited shelf life. All the produce from CFA’s garden is distributed to local low-income families who rarely have access to fresh, organic vegetables. This spring we’re planting salad greens such as lettuce, kale and arugula, summer and winter squash, peas and pole beans, tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, okra and cabbage, collard greens, potatoes, watermelons, carrots, beets, parsley, basil, thyme and fennel, several varieties of mint, lots of Nasturtiums and Marigolds in addition to NJ native plants to attract pollinators such as butterflies and bees.
A big thank you to the many groups who grow food to help our clients including Central Unitarian Church in Paramus, GrowTorah and Christ Lutheran Church in Woodcliff Lakes.
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.
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.
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.
Do you want help in our Community Garden Program? No green thumb required.
During the week of May 2nd, CFA’s Mother’s Day Initiative will provide the families we serve either a bank-issued gift card, to pick up a much-needed essential item for Mom or our Give-A-Meal voucher valid for a takeout family dinner. The Give-A-Meal voucher gives Mom, or Dad, a night off from cooking a meal while giving back to area restaurants. This is a wonderful way to encourage Moms and families during this challenging time.