No Mow Lawn Workshop to be Held at Johnson Public Library on April 13

(Hackensack, New Jersey; March 19, 2024) – Did you know replacing all or some of a front lawn with native plants is a great way to help reduce flooding and pollution, support our natural ecosystem, and add beauty to your property? 

The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation (NNJCF) invites the public to attend the Environmental Justice Alliance’s ‘No Mow Lawn’ workshop on Saturday, April 13 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  The two-part workshop takes place at the Johnson Public Library, located at 247 Main Street in Hackensack, New Jersey 07601.  The workshop is free.  Donations are greatly appreciated and will be used to help build a community rain garden in Hackensack.

During Part I of the workshop, participants will learn how to design a native plant garden for their property.  In Part II of the workshop, they will also have a chance to draw their ideas and receive feedback from the instructor and fellow students.  Dave Chalek, owner of Sprout Farms and Gardens in Teaneck, will present the workshop.  Chalek specializes in urban, sustainable, edible and biodiverse gardens.


  People may register for the workshop here,  For information about the workshop, contact Leonardo Vazquez, AICP/PP, Executive Director of the NNJCF, at or call 201-568-5608 extension 2.

Green Infrastructure for Environmental Justice

            This community workshop is part of the NNJCF's Green Infrastructure for Environmental Justice project.  The project seeks to reduce flooding and improve environmental conditions for residents in central Hackensack and other parts of the city affected by flooding.  More information about this project may be found at

The workshop is produced by the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation in partnership with the City of Hackensack and Greater Bergen Community Action, as well as residents of Hackensack and representatives from several organizations in Hackensack.  The project is supported in part by The Funders Network, AARP, Valley Bank Foundation, M&T Bank Foundation, PSEG Foundation, The Rotary Club of Hackensack, and other supporters.

Donations Appreciated

The NNJCF seeks donations to support the Green Infrastructure for Environmental Justice Project.  Donations of any size are welcome.  All donations received will be used to help create a community rain garden or other environmental projects benefitting the community.  Donations may be made online at  Contributions may also be sent by check made out to 'The Northern N.J. Community Foundation' and enter ‘Hackensack Green’ in the memo line.  Send checks to the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation, 1 University Plaza, Suite 128, Hackensack, New Jersey 07601.  For further information about the NNJCF, call 201-568-5608 or send an e-mail to

About Northern New Jersey Community Foundation
            Founded in 1998, The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation, a not-for-profit 501(c) 3 organization based in Hackensack, New Jersey, celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2023.  The NNJCF works with local governments, school districts, businesses, non-profit organizations, and citizen groups to improve community life.  Through collaborative partnerships, regional problems are identified and resolved.  Opportunities are discovered and explored by talking and learning from each other and sharing ideas, best practices, services, and resources.  The Foundation's primary areas of work are the environment, arts and culture, public health, education, civic engagement, and philanthropy.  For more information, visit, send an email to, or call 201-568-5608.

Photo caption:Native plants are a great way to help reduce flooding and pollution.

Photo Credit: Dave Chalek

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