On Saturday, June 11th, City Green organized its first Paterson Community Garden Summit through the Dig In! Program, funded by the Passaic County Freeholders. This was an opportunity for community gardeners from the City of Paterson to network, share experiences, address challenges and feel empowered through this collective gathering.
Since the inception of the Dig In! program in 2014, community–based and neighborhood groups have established over twenty community gardens throughout every ward in the City of Paterson.
At the Summit, which took place at the City Green Learning Garden at Eastside Park in Paterson, gardeners gathered together for a story circle in which they shared the many reasons that motivate them to grow gardens and community across Paterson.
These included: cultivating accessible fresh food, elevating the positive aspects of Paterson, engaging children in safe outdoor activities and bringing the community together in beautifying Paterson.
Community gardens across Paterson are blooming and it is important to honor the gardeners that share their knowledge and passion to create these green urban oases.
To learn more about the Dig In! program, please visit http://citygreenonline.org/dig-in.
Program Operations Manager at City Green