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First Lady Honors “NJ Hero” for Bergen Garden

Author: Larry Hlavenka/Tuesday, July 29, 2014/Categories: Bergen College

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PARAMUS, N.J. – How does Bergen Community College’s garden grow? With the help of Eric Fuchs-Stengel, the latest “New Jersey Heroes” inductee. The organization, led by first lady Mary Pat Christie, visited Bergen’s main campus July 29 to recognize Fuchs-Stengel’s work with the Mahwah Environmental Volunteers Organization (MEVO), a sustainability collaborative he founded. Across Bergen County, Fuchs-Stengel and a cast of volunteers lead recycling and sustainable farming initiatives, which included the establishment of a vegetable garden and beehive colony at the College. (From left) Bergen President B. Kaye Walter, Ph.D., Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan, volunteer Ryan Martens, Mrs. Christie and Fuchs-Stengel discussed the origins of MEVO and even plucked beets at the July 29 event. Mrs. Christie chairs NJ Heroes, a private, non-partisan, non-profit organization founded in 2010 to celebrate the contributions of unsung community leaders.

Bergen Community College ( based in Paramus is a public two-year coeducational college, enrolling nearly 16,000 students at locations in Paramus, the Philip J. Ciarco Jr. Learning Center in Hackensack and Bergen Community College at the Meadowlands in Lyndhurst. The College offers associate degree, certificate and continuing education programs in a variety of fields.

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