The core of the urban agriculture movement involves providing communities with access to fresh food, a better understanding of where food comes from and providing education in communities to enable community members to grow and care for their own natural landscape. Encouraging communities to understand and utilize sustainable practices helps preserve our land, and helps to garner a greater respect for the natural environment. Teaching youth trough hands-on service learning projects helps develop more competent caring citizens of the world. Our programs empower youth to become change agents in their communities. The program model integrates researched best practices of urban gardening for community development and 4‑H Youth Development curriculum, with the expertise and resources of our County Extension Service and Rutgers University faculty and staff. All programs are managed through the cooperation of 4‑H and community partners.
Youth Community Garden Clubs
Teens are welcome to join local garden projects and challenged to complete at least 25 hours of service in the gardens, while learning topics that include horticulture, nature, and our local-food system. All garden clubs are led by adult volunteers and supported by community partner organizations. Youth Community Garden Clubs Flyer (481k PDF), Registration for all sites (2.1MB PDF) or online 4honline.com.
- @ East Orange Library
- @ Montclair Community Farms
- @ Branch Brook Park, Newark
- @ The Historic Harsimus Cemetary, Jersey City
- @ Pershing Field, Newark
- @ Kearny Community Garden, Kearny
Plant It Forward Volunteer Days, March – November
Montclair Community Farms Mobile Farm Stand, June – October