Two Teachers + Three Schools = TREEmendous Impact

Ms. Hannemann & Ms. Gray

I first met teachers Ms. Monika Hannemann and Ms. Monikk Gray in 2013 when Ms. Hannemann applied for trees at Weequahic High School in Newark. Ms. Hannemann and Ms. Gray were instrumental in turning a once barren Chancellor Avenue into a shady tree-lined street. The Weequahic High School planting event had a significant impact on their students, the neighborhood, and the women themselves.

When Ms. Gray was transferred to Barringer High School she saw a new need for trees. In September 2015 the NJ Tree Foundation planted 13 trees around the high school and surrounding streets, with local residents adopting trees as well. Students, the Vice Principal, and the Barringer Football Team, swung picks and dug holes to plant trees that Saturday. The story continues, as Ms. Hanneman was also transferred to a new school in Newark.
Barringer Football Team athletes and Vice Principal Abbaleo planting a tree together.

When Ms. Hannemann began teaching at University High School, she saw a need for trees there too. In the spring of 2017, we planted 15 trees with students to line the front facade of their school and the back courtyard. As Principal Mendez mentioned, the hedge maples, ginkgos, and tree lilacs “will grow alongside the students who planted them.”

It is incredibly inspiring to work alongside passionate teachers and young adults who are thrilled to help green their neighborhoods. At the most recent planting at University High School, Ms. Hannemann described the importance of planting trees with youth. “I love interacting with students outside of a traditional classroom setting, working towards a common goal. Some students who do not excel as much in the classroom stood out as leaders at this tree planting, she explained with a look of pride.

This beautiful history of greening Newark’s schools and connecting urban youth to trees is only possible with your donations. Please help us continue to inspire youth and adults alike while making our cities greener by donating to the NJ Tree Foundation this December.

Thank you,
Elena López
Renaissance Trees Program Director, NJ Tree Foundation
University High School students laugh as they begin spreading mulch and pulling it two inches away from the trunk of this newly planted tree.

NJ Tree Foundation Celebrates #GivingTuesday

#GivingTuesday is a holiday for being generous. Please celebrate with us this year! Your donation to the NJ Tree Foundation will help us plant more trees in 2018, bringing shade and beauty to New Jersey cities with low tree canopy coverage. Your donation will help us train and employ men under parole supervision, giving them an opportunity to learn green industry job skills as they re-enter society. Your donation will help us improve the environment and quality of life for New Jersey residents, making our state better one tree at a time.

If you are participating in #GivingTuesday, feel free to post a picture with our customized #UNselfie template and tell others why you are supporting the NJ Tree Foundation!

 

FREE Fruit Tree Farmers Meet & Greet and Organic Pest Management Workshop!

Calling all Camden Fruit Tree Farmers! On Wednesday, November 8th, the NJ Tree Foundation and the Philadelphia Orchard Project (POP) will host a free workshop on organic pest management for urban fruit tree orchards. This is a great way to meet fellow urban fruit tree farmers and learn how to organically treat for pests and diseases.

Robyn Mello from POP will give a lecture on common diseases and pests that can be found in this area on fruit trees. Robyn has been the Orchard Director for POP since 2014. She has extensive knowledge of urban agriculture and environmental justice issues.  We are excited to have her present and share her knowledge!

This workshop is FREE for Camden residents-recent fruit tree recipients are strongly encouraged to attend! Refreshments will be provided and attendees are encouraged to bring a dish from home, potluck style. This workshop is made possible by the Campbell’s Soup Foundation.

When: Wednesday, November 8th, from 6-8pm

Where: Riletta L. Cream library-852 Ferry Ave, Camden

To RSVP, please call Meredith at 856-287-4488 or email mbrown@njtreefoundation.org.

 

Right Tree Right Place Seminar, Edgewater Park, Burlington County

Still need CEUs for your NJ Community Forestry Management Plan? The New Jersey Tree Foundation and Public Service Electric & Gas are offering a FREE seminar on planting the Right Tree in the Right Place, the Right Way on Friday, November 3rd, at the Edgewater Park Municipal Building.  Please RSVP by Wednesday, November 1, 2017 to Lisa: LSimms@NJTreeFoundation.org

Topics include:

  • Emerald Ash Borer – It’s here! The latest news on this bad bug.
  • Planting the right tree, in the right place, the right way – Green end up.
  • The importance of utility mark-outs prior to planting – Do you smell gas?
  • Vegetation management policies to ensure the safe and reliable delivery of electric service – Who turned off the lights?

 Who should attend? Mayors, Freeholders, DPW Supervisors, Environmental & Shade Tree Commissioners, County Officials and any other interested parties. Space is limited. First-come, first-served.

Date: Friday, November 3, 2017

Time: Registration begins at 8:00 am. Program starts promptly at 8:30 am and runs until 12:30 pm.

Place: Edgewater Park Municipal Building, 400 Delanco Road, Edgewater Park, NJ

A continental breakfast will be served.

This seminar is worth three (3) Continuing Education Units for towns with a 5-year Community Forestry Management Plan. “Right-Tree, Right-Place” is approved by the ISA for 3 (three) Arborist certification renewal credits and for 3 Public Works CEUs.

Please RSVP by Wednesday, November 1st to LSimms@njtreefoundation.org If you would like send a representative(s), please include their names and contact information (email address).

NJ Tree Foundation to Host Four TD Tree Days Events

NJ Tree Foundation Selected to Partner with TD Tree Days to Enhance Urban Forest and the Community by Planting Trees in Four New Jersey Cities

October 1, 2017 – Jackson, NJTD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®, has selected the NJ Tree Foundation to participate in TD Tree Days, a community-based program that expands urban forests and green spaces in low- to moderate-income neighborhoods. Staff and volunteers of the NJ Tree Foundation will join local employees of TD Bank to plant a total of 225 trees throughout four New Jersey cities. On October 11th, 35 trees will be planted at Freedom Village in Westhampton. On October 13th, 35 trees will be planted at Weequahic Park in Newark. On October 25th and 27th, respectively, 80 and 75 trees will be planted at Washington Park in Jersey City and Judge Robert Johnson Park in Camden.

We‘re proud to partner with the NJ Tree Foundation during TD Tree Days to nurture the community and the environment from the ground up,” said Joseph Doolan, TD Bank’s Head of Environmental Affairs. “Trees do much more than beautify our communities – they produce oxygen; improve air quality and slow climate change by reducing carbon emissions, airborne pollutants and smog; provide cooling shade to reduce energy costs; and enhance the quality of life.”

Now in its seventh year, TD Tree Days will bring together more than 1,000 community members and TD employees from September through early November to plant approximately 850 trees in 21 communities across the United States. TD Tree Days will be managed with support from The Arbor Day Foundation. Founded in 2010, the program has made a significant positive impact for communities and the environment as TD’s flagship volunteer and urban greening program, planting more than 285,000 trees and shrubs, primarily in Canada and the U.S.

The NJ Tree Foundation is one of 18 organizations in the United States that was chosen to participate in TD Tree Days through an application process.We are very excited to implement these high-impact TD Tree Days projects. The new trees planted will provide shade, beauty, and wildlife habitat, as well as improve the environment overall in New Jersey, explained Lisa Simms, Executive Director for the NJ Tree Foundation. She continued, “Trees are especially needed in our urban areas, where they remove pollutants from the air and reduce problematic stormwater runoff.”

In addition to Camden, Jersey City, Newark, and Westhampton, NJ, TD Tree Days events are scheduled in these communities this fall: Delray Beach, Miami and Tampa, Florida; Mattapan, Massachusetts; Auburn, Maine; Detroit, Michigan; Asheville and Wilmington, North Carolina; the Bronx and Brooklyn, New York; Chester and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Warwick, Rhode Island; Columbia and Greenville, South Carolina; and Alexandria, Virginia.

Follow TD Tree Days on Twitter at www.twitter.com/TDBank_US #TDTreeDays and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TDBank.

About NJ Tree Foundation

The NJ Tree Foundation is a statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to planting trees in New Jersey’s most underserved neighborhoods, where the need is greatest. Through tree planting, volunteerism, and partnerships, the NJ Tree Foundation assists numerous communities in improving their environment and quality of life. Since its inception in 1998, the NJ Tree Foundation has planted 204,360 trees across the state. Learn more at www.njtreefoundation.org.

About TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®

TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank, is one of the 10 largest banks in the U.S., providing more than 9 million customers with a full range of retail, small business and commercial banking products and services at more than 1,200 convenient locations throughout the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Metro D.C., the Carolinas and Florida. In addition, TD Bank and its subsidiaries offer customized private banking and wealth management services through TD Wealth®, and vehicle financing and dealer commercial services through TD Auto Finance. TD Bank is headquartered in Cherry Hill, N.J. To learn more, visit www.tdbank.com. Find TD Bank on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TDBank and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/TDBank_US.

TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank, is a member of TD Bank Group and a subsidiary of The Toronto-Dominion Bank of Toronto, Canada, a top 10 financial services company in North America. The Toronto-Dominion Bank trades on the New York and Toronto stock exchanges under the ticker symbol “TD”. To learn more, visit www.td.com.

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NJ Tree Foundation Hosts Camden Fruit Tree Giveaway

September 9th, 2017Camden, NJ – On Saturday September 9th, 22 Camden residents attended a fruit tree workshop and giveaway hosted by the NJ Tree Foundation. At this event, made possible with a grant from the Campbell Soup Foundation, residents learned how to plant the trees and grow their own fruit organically before leaving with one or more free fruit trees and a care package.

“Our fruit tree giveaway was a great success,” explained NJ Tree Foundation Program Coordinator Meredith Brown. “We provided 68 fruit trees to residents with backyard gardens and residents running community gardens. The fruit trees are creating new food access points for residents and bringing affordable, fresh, organic fruit right to their neighborhoods. Fruit trees are trickier to care for when compared to common garden plants like tomatoes, so the educational workshop component of this event was key,” Brown continued.

The workshop and giveaway were hosted at the Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority, who kindly provided a meeting room free of charge. After the workshop, the residents received a tour of the Center for Environmental Transformation’s fruit tree orchard on Ferry Avenue in Camden.

Residents were thrilled with their new fruit trees. Many have already been planted throughout the community, including the peach tree at the Center For Family Services PowerCorps headquarters on Morgan Blvd, as shown in the picture provided by PowerCorps. PowerCorps youth, who are Camden residents, picked locations for the fruit trees and planted them together.

Throughout the week, the NJ Tree Foundation will provide an additional 57 fruit trees to community and backyard gardeners in Camden, for a total of 125 new fruit trees throughout the city.

“We look forward to giving out the rest of the trees,” Brown said. “It is very exciting for the residents to be able to grow their own fruit. We know the trees will be well-cared for, and the residents should enjoy a great harvest next year!”

If you would like to support the NJ Tree Foundation’s fruit tree projects, please make a donation at njtreefoundation.org/donate.

FREE Fruit Trees for Camden Residents!

Attention, Camden residents! The NJ Tree Foundation is offering FREE fruit trees to any interested residents in Camden! We are currently offering peaches, pears, plums, and apples (species may change depending on availability of the plants). In order to receive a tree, fill out an application and return to Meredith no later than August 15th. You can email your application to mbrown@njtreefoundation.org, or mail to PO Box 1221, Camden, NJ 08105. You can also call to submit your application at 856-287-4488.  After your application is confirmed, you will need to attend a one-hour workshop on Saturday, September 9th. More information about the workshop will be made available closer to September. Hope to see you there!

Fruit Tree Revised Application 2017 (pdf)

 

 

Spring 2017 Review

Another great season under our belts at the NJ Tree Foundation!

This spring, the NJ Tree Foundation planted 714 trees through our various programs. Here’s a quick recap of our programs from the season:

Green Streets
The Green Streets Program planted 435 trees in eleven towns, and created one demonstration rain garden at City Hall in Jersey City. Over the summer months the Green Streets crew is weeding and mulching 14 rain gardens and green infrastructure projects in Camden, while maintaining our 9/11 Memorial in Liberty State Park. Other summer projects include a second rain garden in Jersey City, a watering contract, and tree pit maintenance in various cities.

Urban Airshed Reforestation Program
Throughout April and May, 138 trees were planted in Camden and Gloucester City through the help of 215 volunteers. 208 square feet of concrete was removed to make way for the new trees!


Spotlight project
: The site of the old Riverfront State Prison is now Coopers Poynt Waterfront Park.  It is a beautiful site, with a playground, walking trail, and a scenic view of the Delaware river and Philadelphia.  On May 4th, 38 volunteers from Campbell’s Soup planted 45 trees to help kick off the event.  The trees line the walking trails and along the river, as well as the playground.  On Saturday, May 6th, the Jean Kehner Community planting was held.  This event will help to finish planting the 89 total trees at the park, as well as celebrate Jean Kehner, a long time community activist in North Camden.  84 volunteers participated in the event.  We had an opening ceremony for Jean, where Camden City councilmembers and community leaders spoke and thanked Jean for her service.  The NJ Tree Foundation was also honored, with a proclamation from the City of Camden.  What a fantastic finish to a great spring planting season!  

Renaissance Trees Program
141 trees were planted with the Renaissance Trees Program through Newark and Paterson thanks to help from 475 volunteers.

Spotlight Project: On Saturday April 8, 45 volunteers joined forces to plant 15 trees in Paterson’s Westside Park, surrounding the JFK Spirit garden, made possible thanks to a grant from Valley National Bank. Valley National Bank employees, students from JFK High School’s Green Club, and a local Boy Scout Troop planted the trees with the NJ Tree Foundation. The red oak, red maple, redbud, and white pine trees transformed a once open space connecting JFK High School Complex to their Spirit Garden. Jerry Flach from Valley National Bank summarized the day very well. “Valley National Bank sponsored this program today and it’s a real team effort and a community project.  We’re thrilled to see everyone come together today to help our community, help green insfrustruce, provide shade, and beautify our schools and parks in Paterson.”  

Camden TreeKeepers Workshop June 17th!

Calling all Camden residents!  The NJ Tree Foundation will host its annual TreeKeepers workshop on Saturday, June 17th, at Urban Promise Camden.  This workshop will cover the different aspects of tree maintenance and care. This will include both an outdoor and an indoor session. Educational materials and light refreshments are included.

 When: Saturday, June 17th, from 9:30am-1pm

Where: Urban Promise (the spirit building-27 N 36th St, Camden (2nd floor).

Cost: Free for all Camden residents, partners, and Gloucester City tree recipients. $25 for attendees who live outside of Camden.
 

Space is limited, so please RSVP today!  The first 30 people to sign up and attend will receive $50 worth of tools for FREE!

For more information or to register, please contact Meredith at 856-287-4488 or mbrown@njtreefoundation.org