Early Street Community Garden
Once a littered and vacant lot, the vision and fortitiude of three women who went on to start Grow It Green Morristown raised funds to keep the property from development. Seeing the beauty of open space where others saw a junkyard, they longed for a place where "neighbors in Morristown who would not normally cross paths, could come together." The idea for a garden arose, and Early Street Community Garden became a treasured community green space for individuals/families to grow their own food, flowers and herbs; a space where strangers grow friendships.
In Phase II, the space expanded as donations allowed, and became a flourishing protected green space with a community garden and a unique public parklet. Community members from all walks of life enjoy the therapeutic benefits of gardening for a small fee or through subsidized plots for neighbors looking for a place to get outside, connect with others and grow!
Thanks to supporters the garden is a thriving community hub and model of sustainable green spaces complete with rain gardens, solar pavilion, bicycle repair station, apiary, native plants and more.
The garden hosts many community events and groups enjoying the therapeutic benefits of gardening including Colonial L.I.F.E. Neighborhood House, Wind of the Spirit and Morris County Hispanic American Chamber of Commerce. Gardeners actively harvest from a donation bed and their plots placing fresh produce for local neighbors in a donation bin along Early Street.
“In order to build the movements capable of transforming our world, we have to do our best to live with one foot in the world we have not yet created.”
— Aurora Levíns Morales
Early Street Community Garden is in the middle of its third transformation. With you, we continue to strive to create a world where all creatures can flourish. Preserved green spaces are treasures as they hold the key to the care of our soil, wildlife and neighbors. We are grateful for those who have given in donation of time and funds that make it possible for us to reimagine this space. The elements weather the tools, beds, fencing and invasive species creep into the native plantings we care for. A lack of ties to the purpose of this space leads to misuse making us rethink the spaces. We believe opening up the spaces to more engagement including opportunities for education, service and fun are important for all those who interact here. We have asked questions and will continue to explore how the spaces are best used and what more you make possible to be available to groups like the seniors from the Morristown Housing Authority and hundreds of students from local schools walking to and from school by the garden.
To start with, we are excited to have moved the fence along Early Street back to create a much larger public space. The designs are not finalized below, as we continue to ask questions about what impact we have when keeping ourselves open to the needs of our community.
Ideas we are working to incorporate include engagement with the community to help us design this space including the voices of the hundreds of teens that stream by the garden each day. We are looking at how this space engages more of the faces of those who live in this community to have a greater impact on physical and mental health. New designs include raised accessible beds, garden beds brimming with produce for people passing by to try and care for, spaces to hang out and enjoy the physical and mental benefits of green spaces, while also learning more about growing our own food. The possibilities for new public classes, concerts, yoga sessions excite us. Individual donations are so important to be able to step into the world we are creating.
In 2021, we worked with local artist Monique Sarfity to create this Community Eco Art Mosaic! Watch the video above from one of our founders Carolle Huber to learn more about the project. This art piece was made possible in part by funding from Morris Arts through the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.
2023 renewals are open
2023 las renovaciones están abiertas
Check your email and reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions
View our 2023 Garden Handbook and Agreement. Sign up for our newsletter to get all the details about coming changes to the parklet and garden registration!
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Vea nuestro Manual y Acuerdo de Jardinería 2023 en inglés. Traducción disponible enviando un correo electrónico a Jenna, la administradora de su jardín.
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Early Street Community Garden
17 Early Street
The garden is situated on ceded, ancestral land of the Lenape people.
Turn on to Early Street off Speedwell Ave at the light. The garden is just down the hill on the right hand side across from Modera and down the street from Morristown High School.