JUST A TASTE OF THE GOOD THINGS GROWING IN CAMDEN, NJ…..
The Camden Children’s Garden, operated by the Camden City Garden Club has been thriving and helping to improve the city for over 29 years by fighting hunger and obesity through our Community Gardening and Nutrition Education Programming.
- 2012 Year In Review
- First Lady Obama’s Book “American Grown”, featured the CCGC’s community gardens and the Camden Children’s Garden as one of the nation’s ten garden programs highlighted in the book.
- Over $1.2 million dollars was recently awarded in federal grants to the City of Camden, New Jersey and the CCGC.
- The CCGC was recently awarded a 3-year grant from the USDA to launch an entrepreneurial gardening program, CAMDEN GROWS!
- This year, the US Department of Education granted 3-year funding to expand Camden’s already-thriving school/community gardens, which then awarded CCGC a contract.
- Our organization was adopted by regional leadership at Whole Foods Market.
- The CCGC will also be bringing nutrition “to the streets”, by partnering with the Camden City and NJ State government to pilot a mobile market program.
- In addition, the Camden City Garden Club was named by the University of Pennsylvania as “perhaps the nation’s fastest growing community gardening program” in 2009.
- Since this study, the CCGC has increased the number of community gardens exponentially over the last 3 years, adding 25 gardens a year (with a waiting list of 25 organizations asking for new garden plots), and we are now feeding at least 12% of Camden’s population with fresh food in the Community Gardening Program.
- Here is a link to e-newsletter which highlights and links to recent accomplishments of the CCGC/CCG!
- Camden Children’s Garden Youth Program enables teens to Earn while they learn. Meet the Youth!
- Camden Children’s Garden – 4.5 Acre Horticultural Playground. See our 360 Garden Tour @ www.camdenchildrensgarden.wordpress.com/garden-tour/
“HELP YOURSELF” – The work of the CCGC and CCG is so important in a city like Camden, NJ – enabling Camden’s residents to help themselves through community gardening! A recent survey found that Camden is the poorest city in the country with a poverty rate of 42.5 %. The rate for children living in poverty in Camden was even higher with a rate of 56.7%. Other stark statistics included Camden’s median income in 2011 was $21,191, the lowest among the 555 cities and places surveyed. More findings @ Philadelphia Inquirer Article.