Green Infrastructure

Though Isles’ environmental work has always extended far beyond the garden fence, we are excited to be part of a three-year green infrastructure project with partners Rutgers Water Resources and New Jersey Future utilizing funding from the federal Clean Water Act.

We are working with community and municipal partners to install demonstration projects that reduce stormwater runoff like street tree plantings, rain gardens, and rainwater collection systems. Two projects located at our Tucker Street facility include a 1500 gallon rainwater cistern and a 750 square foot rain garden. Together, they both limit the amount of water from the roof that enters the stormwater system and provide the bulk of the water needs for the nearby demonstration and educational garden.

We also hosted a rain barrel building workshop where people learned how to harvest rain water and built their own rain barrel to take home, and also worked with the NJ Tree Foundation to run a tree care workshop which included a tour of the community orchard at Tucker Street and a hands-on pruning demonstration.

See our calendar for upcoming workshops and events.