Morris County farm to donate fresh produce to food banks
A new farm in Morris County will help bring fresh, organic food to those who may not otherwise have access to it.
City Green Farms opened at South Branch Preserve in Mount Olive Thursday.
The Land Conservancy of New Jersey bought the land years ago. Now 12 acres of the land will be used to grow organic good, specifically for Morris and Passaic County low-income residents.
“When we started giving this food to the food pantries, they said, ‘This is the first food we’ve ever received that wasn’t canned.’ To the people in Paterson, the people of Passaic, they don’t have access to fresh food,” says Land Conservancy of New Jersey president David Epstein. “This is going to be some of the only fresh vegetables in their diet all year round.”
About 1,000 pounds of food will be given to two Mount Olive food banks. They can then take it to Paterson and Passaic, where it will be sold at half price.