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Craigslist Founder Aids Local Nonprofit

Craig Newmark, founder of Craigslist and Craigconnects and former Morristown resident, is sponsoring a composting toilet for Grow It Green Morristown’s redesign of the Early Street Community Garden. Newmark, now a resident of California, grew up in a house across the street from the garden and used to play in the former junkyards of Early Street.

Newmark’s $10,000 sponsorship will provide a much-needed restroom facility as part of the garden’s new design that includes a public parklet, solar-powered community pavilion, ADA-compliant walking path, a composting center, apiary, bike repair station and 94 garden beds.

Composting toilets use little to no water and depend on aerobic reaction to break down the waste product. As Newmark says, “I like to support real community grassroots efforts in the most grassroots sense.”

Grow It Green Morristown is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Its mission is to create sustainable farms and gardens that provide equal access to fresh, local food and educate communities through programs focused on healthy eating and environmental stewardship.

For more information, visit GrowitGreenMorristown.org.

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