The Woodbridge Township Department of Public Works (DPW) – Parks Division, has completed installation of several Community Garden planting beds at public spaces throughout the Township. The Community Gardens, maintained by the Woodbridge Township Environmental Commission, include 8’ x 10’ planting beds surrounded by chicken wire fencing to keep rabbits and other plant-loving animals away from the garden(s). Each planting bed received more than 12 inches of 100 percent organic soil and mulch to support the growth of a variety of fruits, vegetables and herbs including: tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, cucumbers, squash and other summer seasonal plantings. The Environmental Commission has also installed soaker hoses, maintains a weekly watering schedule and members weeding a tilling the garden. Approximately 100-150 pounds of organic vegetables and herbs are estimated to be harvested this growing season – all of the vegetables, fruits and herbs will be donated to the St. James Church food pantry through the We Feed Woodbridge program. Additionally, given planned future expansion of the growing beds, the Environmental Commission plans to share the produce with the food pantry at Trinity Episcopal Church.
FEMA - Community Rating System
Woodbridge Township is taking a variety of proactive measures to protect against potential flood damage, and to reduce the rising costs of flood insurance. To further advance these strong resiliency efforts the Township is participating in the Community Rating System (CRS) Program - a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)-sponsored program that encourages and recognizes community floodplain management and planning activities that exceed the minimum requirements of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). To learn more about effective tools to help increase flood resilience CLICK HERE.
Idle Reduction Technology
Sustainable Jersey Gardiner Environmental Fund awarded Woodbridge Township a grant to fund the installation of new Idle Reduction Technology into three of the Township’s Police 2016 Ford Utility Vehicles. The technology essentially charges the cop car and allows the vehicle to run while significantly reducing the need to run the vehicle’s engine. Idling wastes fuel and increase engine wear, so small changes in idling time can lead to noticeable benefits, including cost savings, less pollution, and reduced noise.