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SEED: The Untold Story

Several residents gathered at Eilandarts Center to view a screening of "SEED: The Untold Story" on Friday, March 29th hosted by Incredible Edible Merchantville. The movie chronicles passionate seed keepers protecting our 12,000 year-old food legacy. Few things on Earth are as miraculous and vital as seeds. Worshipped and treasured since the dawn of humankind. In the last century, 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared. As biotech chemical companies control the majority of our seeds, farmers, scientists, lawyers, and indigenous seed keepers fight a David and Goliath battle to defend the future of our food. In a harrowing and heartening story, these heroes rekindle a lost connection to our most treasured resource and revive a culture connected to seeds. 

Recycle benches

TREX, a company that makes recycled plastic wood substitutes, offers the opportunity to win a FREE recycled park bench to communities that participate in a recycling program. I'm reaching out to gauge public interest and see if any businesses in our town would be interested in hosting a drop-off bin. To win a bench, we would need to collect 500 pounds of plastic refuse in a six-month span (about 40,500 plastic bags), which sounds crazy, but that's only about 11 bags per resident (based on ~3,700 population). Please reach out to me This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by message if you have interest as I am happy to head up this effort. 

February IE Merchantville meeting

On the agenda tonight for the IE core working group is a a proposal to move froward with their Innovative Community Project called Incredible Edible Merchantville. Joan Brennan and Betsy Langley will present the proposal so that it can be finalized before submission to Mayor and Council. The project is focused on nurturing environmental stewardship in Merchantville through the development of edible landscapes to promote a healthy culture and sustainable future. "Creating a kind, confident and connected community through the power of food." - Pam Warhurst Learn about our mission.

Building a bug hotel

Some of you might think it’s crazy to start thinking about gardening when winter is just getting started, but the opposite couldn’t be more true! When the wind is howling and snow is piling up outside your window, is there any better way to lift your spirits than to think of the warmer weather that’s just a couple of months away, and the amazing garden you can cultivate once it returns? Although you can’t dive into the soil or start your seeds just yet, you can work on some fun DIY projects so they’ll be ready to go as soon as the snow melts. A bug hotel is part garden art and part winter habitat for beneficial insects - the garden army that helps to keep the bad bugs under control. If you are an organic gardener, then you will want to be sure that there is a place in your garden for beneficial insects to lodge for the winter. Next spring, when they wake up, lay eggs, and sweep your plants clean of aphids and mites, you will be thankful. Here is how to make a beneficial bug house.

Building a Startup From Scratch in Camden

Three ambitious co-founders want to turn what was once America's most dangerous city into a thriving ecosystem for entrepreneurs. For two years, Tran and his business partners, Johnathan Grzybowski and Melissa Thi Le, have been trying to build that ecosystem almost from scratch to demonstrate that tech companies can thrive in Camden, New Jersey. "Penji is the poster child that will be an example to other startups," says Penji co-founder Khai Tran. "Even in an underserved community, you can be very successful." To pay his way through Rutgers, Tran freelanced as a web designer. Upon graduation, he expanded that business into what became Dino Enterprise, a highly profitable 15-employee company, based five miles away in Merchantville. https://www.inc.com/leigh-buchanan/camden-new-jersey-city-of-startups-2018-surge-cities.html?fbclid=IwAR3NtYe66VZ6PHqbf4cmYHh4SIkbzofIRH7mJTxMlVy1bljSsZ8nTDFjYNE

About Our Green Team

Merchantville's Green Team is registered with Sustainable Jersey.   The Green Team develop plans, implement programs, and assists with educational opportunities that support the creation of a sustainable community.  The Merchantville Green Team was recently recognized at the Camden County Freeholder Meeting for work on sustainability. The Green Team meets on a monthly basis and has a stand at the Market Off Centre from June through October.  If you are interested in participating, please either sign up in person at the market, or email the Green Team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The Green Team lead a clean up in Merchantville on Sunday, November 18th, focusing on the route of the Turkey Trot!  They worked from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. to beautify our landscape. Stay up to the minute with activities on their Facebook page.

IE 2019 Kick-Off Meeting

Incredible Edible Merchantville is scheduling a kick-off meeting in early January and hope that many residents, Green Team and Garden Club members will be able to attend. We'll be giving updates on progress and partnerships developed since our December meeting and discuss plans for moving forward in 2019. In the meantime, we invite you to join the discussion on our FB page and FB Group page to browse through our information and share your thoughts about this proposed community stewardship and sustainability project.

World War II "Victory Gardens"

Urban gardening may be catching on now, but today's urban gardeners have nothing on their grandparents - urban farming was way more than a fad in the 1940s. During the World Wars, the U.S. government urged citizens to plant their own small vegetable gardens. It was a super positive spin on "We don't have enough war rations." I don't know what people would do today if the government asked them to grow cabbage in their front yards, but people back them were ready. Around 20 million families planted victory gardens. They grew 40 percent of the country's vegetables by 1944. Hopscotch was supplanted by a new and serious game for these Girl Scouts called Plant the Victory Garden. Victory Gardens - for family and country.

Herb Your Curb

Add curb appeal and improve the life and look of your neighborhood with a curbside garden. Garden fragments purify and freshen air, absorb and filter water, and foster biodiversity with its associated services and benefits, not to mention lowering crime and raising property values. We're looking for some street captains to get a curbside planting IE project called "Herb Your Curb" off the ground. Right now we are researching municipal code to identify restrictions, but feel confident that we can overcome any hurdles! If you think your street is a good option - a side street with a majority of willing participants - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Brigid, know. If anyone would like to co-chair this project please let me know. We would be planting indigenous herbs along the strips between the street and the sidewalk.

Edible St. Martins

St. Martins is a close-knit community. Not too long ago a group of passionate community members got together as a group that they called the St. Martins Area Communiteers. Watch two of the group's prominent figures, Fern and Kathi, and a few community residents tell us about the impact one of the Communiteers' projects, called "Incredible Edible", had on the village. It’s brought people closer, connected generations and beautified the village, all while promoting healthy living. The magic of a community that's empowered to affect change for the better is that the project stemmed into multiple other initiatives, and brought a huge sense of pride to all those in the village. Wellness lives where we can communities - and generations - come together. Wellness Lives Here.

Rain Garden project unfolds

Look at the amazing rain garden created by members of Merchantville's Green Team and Garden Club over the weekend near the multi-use path and the Station. It's not only pretty, but it works! Thank you to all of the amazing volunteers that made it happen. A rain garden is a garden of native shrubs, perennials, and flowers planted in a small depression, which is generally formed on a natural slope. It is designed to temporarily hold and soak in rain water runoff that flows from roofs, driveways, patios or lawns. Rain gardens can also help filter out pollutants in runoff and provide food and shelter for butterflies, song birds and other wildlife.

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