Newark Fall Season Review

This fall was another successful tree-planting season for the Newark Renaissance Trees Program.  Through 4 projects, we were able to plant 79 trees spanning throughout Newark.  As always, hard-working volunteers made all of the plantings possible with their muscle and positive attitudes.  This fall was filled with new and exciting experiences.

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We had the opportunity to work with the Super Bowl Host Committee in a Legacy event in which we planted 28 trees along Chancellor Avenue. This event brought together the community surrounding Chancellor Ave School and Weequahic High School, with the Verizon Green Team. This October also marked our first fruit-tree planting in Newark. The NJ Tree Foundation paired up with Greater Newark Charter School to plant 5 fruit trees in their Urban Farm.

                                                           Special thanks to this fall’s sponsors and donors:
USDA Forest Service
TD Bank
Walgreens of Newark
City of Newark

These new fall trees bring our total of trees planted to 1,852 trees in 8 years!

Thank you for everyone who made our fall season possible:
we look forward to more great work in the spring.
The deadline for a Spring 2014 planting is December 31, 2013.

Exceptional Spring 2013 Volunteers in Newark

Every season we meet new dedicated volunteers that make our plantings possible.  We cannot express our gratitude enough to these hard-working groups and individuals who spend their time planting trees with us. This spring, the Newark Renaissance Trees Program worked together with over 200 volunteers to plant 112 trees. While all of our volunteers were spectacular, there were 2 groups that stuck out for their hard work and enthusiasm: La Casa de Don Pedro, and Whole Foods Milburn-Union.

IMG_2132La Casa de Don Pedro   is an organization dedicated to community development in Newark. Their profound passion for making Newark a better place was immediately evident when they arrived at our plantings. Elsa Cipriani, La Casa’s Health Services Manager, described volunteering as an “opportunity to give back to our Newark community, beautifying public spaces, and also learning about community plantings.”  La Casa brought a group of lively volunteers to three of our plantings this spring.

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Liz Dugan, a member of the Whole Foods Market Green Mission Team, described the experience with the Tree Foundation as a “perfect fit.” The Whole Foods team came out to volunteer and enhance the community; they enjoyed the experience so much they came back to another planting. Their entire group, reaching upwards of 10 volunteers, arrived with energy, eager to learn and work. Another Green mission member, Le’Nisha Rogers stated, “We really felt involved and that we weren’t just planting trees, but we were showing those around us that by planting just one tree, we can make a difference.”

Thank you again to all of our spectacular Spring 2013 volunteers, we hope to see you again in the fall!

 

Trees In and Around Community GNCS Garden

IMG_2105On May 10, 2013, our Newark Renaissance Trees Program partnered with the Greater Newark Charter School (GNCS) to plant trees in and around their Community Garden located on the corner of Broad Street and Clark Street in Newark, NJ.  Tree Lilacs and Cherry trees now line the perimeter of the garden thanks to the hard work poured in by our volunteers including 30 students from GNCS.  Pictured are some of the students happily planting trees with Newark’s Director of Neighborhood and Recreational Services. See more photos here.