NJ Tree Foundation Celebrates Earth Day and Arbor Day

April 21, 2015New Jersey – With Earth Day and Arbor Day only two days apart, this is an exciting week. We hope you are able to get involved with a community greening, clean up, or other Earth-friendly event to celebrate.

Starting on Monday April 20th, the NJ Tree Foundation’s Green Streets Program is planting 630 trees and 170 shrubs and perennials in Madison, NJ. This large-scale project will help restore a 20-acre tract of land to it’s natural state. Madison has one of the only fresh water wetlands in New Jersey.

On Tuesday April 21st, New Jersey Tree Foundation staff are joining Camden City Mayor Redd and the Camden SMART Team to kick off Earth Week at the Yorkship School in Camden City. They are planting a downspout planter box with the students and giving out Environmental Hero Awards.

On Wednesday April 22nd, celebrate Earth Day!

On Friday April 24th, celebrate Arbor Day!

Wrapping up this week on Saturday April 25th the NJ Tree Foundation’s Newark Renaissance Trees Program and Camden Urban Airshed Reforestation Program are planting trees in Newark and Camden. The Newark event, in partnership with the Ironbound Community Corporation, will plant 12 trees to improve air and water quality. The Camden event is a Broadway beautification project that will plant 10 trees.

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Enjoy celebrating Earth Day and Arbor Day. Come out to plant with us this spring as a NJ Tree Foundation volunteer!



NJ Tree Foundation, Campbell Soup Company plant fruit trees in Camden

April 16, 2015Camden, NJ – The spring weather was beautiful as Campbell Soup Company volunteers joined New Jersey Tree Foundation staff to plant 10 fruit trees at “The 600” Community Garden in Camden City on Wednesday April 15th. This planting, funded by the Campbell Soup Foundation, is part of a New Jersey TreeFoundation effort to bring more fresh fruit, and trees, into cities.

“The majority of Camden is considered a food desert,” explains NJ Tree Foundation Senior Program Director Jessica Franzini. “This means most low-income residents live more than one mile away from the closest grocery store. Without a car, that makes grocery shopping extremely difficult. Camden City has many thriving community gardens – we are working with them to bring fruit trees as another option for fresh food.”

The planting brought cherry, peach, pear, and plum trees to “The 600” Community Garden. Campbell Soup Company provided volunteers for the event as part of “Make A Difference Week,” Campbell’s annual week of service that began on Monday April 13th. Throughout the week nearly 3,000 Campbell Soup Company employees will volunteer for more than 90 community projects. “The 600” Campbell Soup MADWCommunity Garden planting had 15 volunteers including seven Campbell Soup employees from the Camden City world headquarters.

The volunteers had a great time digging holes, planting trees, and creating garden beds. One Campbell Soup employee volunteer explained how rewarding it was to “help get good food to the families.” The fruit trees are expected to bear fruit within one year.

The day’s events also included a fruit tree giveaway hosted by the New Jersey Tree Foundation. The giveaway provided an additional 32 fruit trees to community gardens throughout Camden City. Community gardens had to submit an application to receive the free trees, which came with planting and care instructions.

Camden SMART Forum: FREE Registration

Join the NJ Tree Foundation and the Camden SMART Team for the third annual Camden SMART Forum on Friday, March 20th from 9am-2:30pm!  Registration is free, food is provided, and the day will be action-packed with exhibitors, engaging panels, an amazing keynote speech, and Mayor Dana Redd’s Sustainability Address!

Camden SMART Forum InviteWho should attend the forum? Environmental leaders, community groups, non-profit organizations, green businesses, government officials, concerned citizens, and anyone else interested in solving flooding and stormwater management issues in their towns with green and grey infrastructure techniques.

Registration is free and can be done at www.camdensmart.com.

FREE Camden Street Trees: Apps Due Jan. 31

The NJ Tree Foundation is working on two amazing tree planting projects in Camden, NJ! Both projects offer opportunities for Camden residents to adopt FREE street trees in front of their homes.

tree2Trees for Trails is an exciting project that will plant 75 trees and 300 perennials along the Camden Greenway! The Camden Greenway is part of the Greater Philadelphia’s regional trail network known as the Circuit, which will have over 650 miles of trails upon completion. Please click here for a list of streets/communities in Camden that are eligible for FREE trees through this project. Click here to apply for trees. This project is made possible with the generous support of the William Penn Foundation

image0Rain to Roots is an innovative pilot project that will demonstrate the value of enhanced tree pits in urban communities! This project will plant 6 trees total – 3 in standard tree pits and 3 in enhanced tree pits. The enhanced tree pits will absorb up to 10x more water than a standard tree pit, which will help reduce flooding and combined system overflows while helping the trees grow strong. The NJ Tree Foundation is looking for a Camden school, park, or non-profit facility with wide sidewalks (8’+) and a building set at least 20′ back from the street. Click here to apply for trees. This project is made possible with the generous support of the Environmental Leadership Program and the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.

The application deadline for both projects is January 31st, 2015. Questions about these projects can be directed to Jessica Franzini of the NJ Tree Foundation at (856) 287-4488 or jfranzini.njtf@gmail.com.

FREE Fruit Trees for Camden Gardeners

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Attention, Camden* gardeners: Whether you grow food in a community garden or in your backyard, you could be eligible for a FREE fruit tree (or trees) in the spring of 2015!

Trees are free of charge to Camden residents in exchange for your commitment to water and care for the tree(s). They provide fresh, healthy food. The NJ Tree Foundation will teach you to care for and harvest your fruit trees.

Don’t delay! Fruit trees are first come, first served and our supply is limited. Please complete the Fruit Tree Application (on page two) and return it via postal mail, email, or fax to:

Jessica Franzini, Program Director
Phone: (856) 287-4488
Fax: (856) 422-2601
PO Box 1221, Camden, NJ 08105

*A limited number of trees are also available for Pennsauken and Gloucester City residents.


Fostering Community Change

We are so thankful to everyone who has made an end-of-year donation to the NJ Tree FoundationYour generosity, along with the Jersey Giveback Guide (a project of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation)has helped us raise much-needed funding to positively impact lives, communities, and the environment through tree planting. Royden Street in Camden is a perfect example of this.
The NJ Tree Foundation partnered with the residents of Royden Street to plant trees in 2004. But trees were only the beginning of a decade of change for this street that, like much of Camden, was plagued with crime and violence. The trees made Royden Street look pretty – and the residents liked that. So they started picking up trash. They planted flowers in their tree pits and
pino trees made window boxes, too. They hung colorful flags. They decorated their trees with lights that turn on every night– as you can see in the photo – and bought benches so they can enjoy their beautiful street. The residents of Royden Street even started their very own Block Supporter Program and have their own community information board. As the residents cared for and enjoyed their street the criminals went elsewhere.
Today, when you walk down this block on Royden Street you feel a sense of community pride. You feel welcomed.You do not feel like you are in the middle of one of the most dangerous cities in the country. Royden Street is a nice place to live – with friendly neighbors who care about each other. The block completely changed, and it all started with a few flowering trees planted by neighbors.
There is still time to make an online tax-deductible donation or mail a check to the NJ Tree Foundation.Please give in 2014 to help us foster more long-term success stories in 2015.

Exciting News and Tree Transformations

You may have heard that we are part of the Jersey Giveback Guide, a project of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation to help great New Jersey nonprofits fundraise during the holiday season. The Dodge Foundation challenged us to get 50 people to donate to the NJ Tree Foundation. With extreme gratitude, we are excited to announce that we met our 50 donor goal and will receive a $1,000 match grant from the Dodge Foundation! THANK YOU to those who have already donated – you made this possible!

Now we are challenging you to keep the generosity going! If you have not already, please join the group of more than 50 people who have donated to the NJ Tree Foundation. Your donation helps our tree recipients, like the People’s Garden and the Pedal Farm. These community gardens rallied their neighborhood to plant 46 trees in Newark last spring.

“Since the tree planting, life has been added back into our neighborhood,” explained Tobias Fox, Founder of the People’s Garden. The Washington Street planting was truly a community effort as residents planting demoand local organizations including two schools, a church, a park, and the community gardens all collaborated to plant and adopt trees. Everyone was involved – kids, youth, adults, and even a family dog participated on the planting day!

The variety of trees planted have transformed the neighborhood by adding shade and beauty while improving the environment. Some will bear fruit in the fall, too! Collectively, the trees and new tree pits will intercept more than 18,000 gallons of stormwater annually. This neighborhood was renewed because of these trees. You can help us continue this work in 2015 by making a tax-deductible donation. We hope you will partner with us to improve New Jersey by planting trees!

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camden waterfront sitting on treeHave you supported a nonprofit organization for #GivingTuesday? We have an exciting announcement that is one more reason to support us! The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and Victoria Foundation have challenged us to get 50 people to donate to the NJ Tree Foundation using the Jersey Give Back Guide. If we succeed they will match our donations with $1,000! Will you please help us reach our goal of 50 donors by donating today?


The Jersey Give Back Guide is making it easy for you to donate to great New Jersey nonprofits this holiday season – including us! The Jersey Give Back Guide is a project of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation in partnership with the Victoria Foundation, Community Foundation of New Jersey, and the Council of New Jersey Grantmakers.

Please consider making a donation to support the NJ Tree Foundation through the Jersey Give Back Guide. We have until December 31st to get 50 donations of any amount to win our match grant of $1,000. Will you be one of them?

Thank you for your generosity!



Featured Fall Forestry: Greening Cities

Camden and Newark are now a shade greener, thanks to our fall planting events in both cities! With our local partners and hundreds of outstanding volunteers, we muscled big 10-15′ trees into the ground every week from late September to mid November. Check out what we accomplished this fall:

10153746_10152971425688273_3702409694166077820_nCamden Urban Airshed Reforestation Program
230 new trees
357 volunteers
9 planting events
5,400 trees total since 2002

Newark Renaissance Trees Program
65 new trees
118 volunteers
4 planting events
2,034 trees total since 2006

With tree canopy coverage estimated at 5.2% (Camden) and 7.8% (Newark), we know there’s still plenty of tree planting work left to do. Please consider using the Jersey Give Back Guide to donate to the NJ Tree Foundation to help plant trees in NJ’s most urban communities, where the need is the greatest.