Chris Waldron, director of Sustainability and Shared Services, Camden County, was the main speaker. He explained his duties and services that he could provide out of his Lakeland, NJ facility. Following the discussion, we all, under Chris’s leadership, were able to begin making plans to start our project. We will get in contact with a Master Gardener located at Rutgers; outreach to Dina Turan to determine Merchantville Elementary School's interest as a stakeholder in the education component; research registration required for grants available for the project - with assist from Chris; attend Tri-County Sustainability Alliance - meets and often works with county partners on projects; Dorothy Foley volunteered to take our minutes to the Green Team meeting after our meeting; and planting survey/plans - first planting place should be very visible so people become acquainted with the project and then become involved as our work begins to take shape. An invitation to visit Chris’s facility any time (Saturdays 10 am—noon) was extended to the group.
Sonia Kendrick isn't afraid to get her hands dirty and has become a great example to veterans suffering from PTSD. Sonia lives in a two-bedroom apartment in downtown Cedar Rapids, Iowa. And while she farms a total of 25 acres, it's sprinkled across the city in everything from quarter-acre patches to eight-acre parcels.With the help of American Legion FW Grigg Post 68 we hope to partner with local vets to heal food insecurity and promote their emotional and physical well-being. https://www.womansday.com/life/inspirational-stories/a22118919/veteran-feed-iowa-first/
Last fall, a half-dozen teenagers from the Southern New Jersey city of Camden brought hot peppers they’d grown in an urban garden to a rented industrial kitchen. Donning latex gloves, they de-seeded and chopped the chilies before adding them to vinegar and salt. A few days later, they processed and bottled the resulting product into their own brand of hot sauce, Kapow! The group is part of a teen-focused entrepreneurial program called Eco Interns, offered by the Camden-area Center for Environmental Transformation(CFET). The mission of this nonprofit is to create a sustainable, healthy source of fresh fruit and vegetables through community gardens and a farmers’ market for an underserved urban community, while offering job training and education with a focus on meeting environmental challenges.
What would an economy look like if it prioritized boosting community wealth, rebuilding community life, upholding social justice and harmonizing with environment over pursuit of profit? Today, many cities fully embrace redevelopment as a strategy to revitalize whole districts, as we are witnessing in old manufacturing centers such as Detroit, Cleveland and Pittsburgh. Even smaller cities such as Lawrence, Massachusetts, and Eau Claire, Wisconsin, are getting in on the action. Instead of greenfields, brownfields and their classic, historic architecture, their raw industrial grit, are back in vogue. Redevelopment, renewal and adaptive reuse are no longer buzzwords, but well-established strategies with an impressive track record. https://www.greenbiz.com/article/4-techniques-catalyze-sustainable-small-town-redevelopment
Incredible Edible Community Gardens are a non-profit in the Upland and Ontario area focused on the founding and sustaining of community gardens. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3StAuG5E98
New Jersey Produce Calendar. Ever tried to buy blueberries at a local New Jersey produce market in April, only to find they’re not available? That’s because although blueberries can be found in grocery stores year round, they’re truly in season in the summer, between June and August.We’ve created an in-season produce calendar for New Jersey so you can easily see when it’s the right time to find the freshest asparagus, or if you’ve missed sweet corn season. https://www.farmflavor.com/new-jersey/whats-growing-new-jersey-produce-calendar/
Welcome to some of the market vendors you will find this season. Pink Moon Farm - Pink Moon Farm is a diversified fruit and vegetable operation in suburban Southern NJ. We are sustainably managed, and focus on heirloom, non-GMO veggies. Bib Bandana - Bib Bandana prides itself on quality, handmade bibs, binky clips, and burp cloths for your baby boy or girl made just for you! Il Fuoco Dentro - Original and authentic Pizza with tastes and fragrances created by the heat of the wood fire which produces a clearly superior pizza! Graceful Knit Knots - Handmade gifts for the whole family! Items include baby and you hats, boot cuffs, blankets, scarves. Message for pricing and shipping details. Aradia's Treasure Metaphysical Shop - We carry inspiring products for mind, body and spirit. We offer tarot readings and reiki sessions at affordable prices. Bear Soaps - The items are Handmade bath & body products. The items are not just for women but men are included. All Items a vegetable based and are husband tested. Not Your Mama's Tacos - Fresh Ingredients, No MSG or Preservatives. Modern Fusion Tacos served from our family to yours. We cater. Let us do the cooking and take the mess with us! The Jawn Shop - Custom woodworking, Crafts, and other Jawns from Southern New Jersey. "Jawn" is a term local to the Philadelphia region used to refer to a thing, place, person, or event that one need not or cannot give a specific name to. Bijou Blessings - Bijou Blends nourishes the body and mind through essential oil products infused with crystals, herbs and blessings. Rosa Brothers Produce - Rosa Brothers Produce is a space to teach our sons about the love of land, to grow something that nourishes you and others, and market. Urban farming started for us as an activity to do with our eldest son.
The Merchantville Farmers Market season opens Saturday, June 2nd from 10-2 and continues every following Saturday through October. Still accepting local food and handmade product vendors. Opening day for Merchantville Farmers Market. $15 fee per market. No weekly commitment.
Food Tank - The Think Tank for Food America’s Grow-a-Row works to positively improve the lives of people in the Northeast United States by planting, harvesting, rescuing, and delivering fresh produce to those in need, free of charge. With more than 9,000 volunteers, America’s Grow-a-Row grows, gleans, and gives over 1 million pounds of fruits and vegetables to people throughout New Jersey, New York City, and Pennsylvania annually. America’s Grow-a-Row educates all their volunteers about hunger, introduces younger generations to farming and healthy lifestyles, cultivates a spirit of kinship and giving, and contributes to the reduction of food waste. https://foodtank.com/news/2018/05/america-grow-a-row-chip-paillex/
According to Gunhild Stordalen, an amazing woman from the EAT Forum in Sweden, food is the main issue around which coalesces all the other threats: climate change (food growing alone is responsible for 24 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions), poor health, social inequality, soil loss, and biodiversity loss. https://www.thefifthestate.com.au/urbanism/publiccommunity/the-incredible-edible-garden-movement-with-salaried-staff