CCGC Newsletter–“The Community Gardener” June 2013 – Garden News and How To’s @
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In light of Camden’s need and CCGC successes, federal grants were awarded to expand gardening programs, over a three-year period, to the City of Camden, NJ. The Camden Board of Education received grant from the US Department of Education, to support Physical Education and part of the grant will expand Community/Learning Gardens to teach school children hands-on nutrition. The USDA awarded grant to the CCGC (to be matched by CCGC) for a NEW Gardening Education Program to establish Camden Gardeners through the Entrepreneurial Gardening Program “Camden Grows”.
Both of these federal grants were awarded under the President Obama Administration. In addition, the First Lady also included the CCGC/CCG in her book “American Grown” and the Let’s Move Office invited the Garden Staff and Youth to visit the White House Fall Garden Tour.
We thank US Senator Bob Menendez, Congressman Rob Andrews and Councilwoman Deborah Person-Polk for their support of the CCGC in receiving the above federal grants.
Assemblyman “Whip” Wilson of the 5th Legislative District spearheaded Camden’s Mobile Market Program with his team Senator Donald Norcross, Assemblyman Angel Fuentes and the NJ Secretary of Agriculture Douglas Fisher.
We also appreciate the ongoing support from the Camden City Mayor and Office. Finally, thank you to the State of New Jersey for the DCA Grant.
Camden Grows! USDA Grant
to Expand Camden’s Urban Agriculture & Entrepreneurial Gardening Program
The Camden City Garden Club, is pleased to announce year 1 of training in the Camden Grows! USDA Grant. This opportunity includes ten, 5 hr. workshops, entrepreneurial training and an overnight retreat. Topics are designed to teach Camden residents in the Community Garden Program and Food Movement new skills in the areas of sustainable gardening, urban agriculture, preserving products, marketing to the community, etc. Interested parties must apply and be selected. One thousand dollar stipends are available for adult participants who complete training. Space is limited to 13 adult participants for year one.
Photo:First Day of Trianing went great. Learning about Winter Gardening!!!
WHO SHOULD APPLY: Camden Community Gardeners, Folks already involved in the Camden Food Movement, and CCGC Members.
PLEASE SEND COMPLETED APPLICATION or QUESTIONS TO….
Attention: Valerie R. Frick
BY MAIL: Camden Children’s Garden
3 Riverside Drive, Camden, NJ 08103
BY FAX: 856.365.9750
BY EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
White House Garden Tour by Camden Children’s Garden YOUTH & STAFF!
The Camden Children’s Garden (CCG) youth and staff were honored to receive an invitation to the Fall White House Garden Tour from the White House “Let’s Move” Office. Let’s Move! is a comprehensive initiative, launched by the First Lady, dedicated to solving the problem of obesity within a generation, so that children born today will grow up healthier and able to pursue their dreams. The Camden Children’s Garden was recently featured in First Lady Michelle Obama’s Book, American Grown. On October 14, the tour was enjoyed by CCG director Mike Devlin, two staff members, two youth staff and partner from Whole Foods Market Washington DC store.
During the October 14th Tour, the “NATION’S FIRST HORTICULTURALIST” greeted the Garden Youth and Staff at the White House Kitchen Garden and posed for a photo with the excited Camden gardeners. Jim Adams is the chief horticulturalist at the White House, planning the landscaping of the 18 acres and food grown in the White House Kitchen Garden. Mike Devlin, Director of the Camden Children’s Garden, met Mr. Adams through their mutual mentor Jane Taylor. Jim Adams began his former gardening career as Jane Taylor’s horticulturalist student at Michigan State University. Jane Taylor, a now-retired professor at MSU, is known as the “Mother” of the Children’s Garden, inspiring the movement of children’s gardens nation-wide and even “planted the seed” for the Camden Children’s Garden. Through Mike Devlin’s efforts in founding the Camden City Garden Club (CCGC) and later the Camden Children’s Garden (CCG) and fighting childhood obesity/hunger through education and community gardening in Camden, NJ, he was given the “JANE TAYLOR AWARD”, the 2008 Great American Gardeners Award, by the American Horticultural Society. Jane Taylor and the American Horticultural Society featured the Camden Children’s Garden at the 2008 National Children and Youth Garden Symposium, where gardeners and horticulturalists from around the nation were amazed by the progress made by the CCG and CCGC.
SEE MORE CCG WHITE HOUSE GARDEN TOUR PHOTOS! #WHGarden Tour
Following the Tour, the CCG staff and youth enjoyed a healthy lunch at the P-Street Whole Foods Market in Downtown Washington DC. Thank you to Daniel Thaeler for joining us for the tour and providing a great lunch and tour!
- MORE ABOUT JIM ADAMS, Nation’s First Horticulturalist – http://gardenrant.com/2009/11/the-real-white-house-kitchen-gardener.html
- MORE ABOUT JANE TAYLOR, “Mother of Children’s Gardens – http://www.ahs.org/youth_gardening/2011/keynote.htm
- MORE ABOUT MIKE DEVLIN, founder/director of CCG/CCGC – http://camdenchildrensgarden.wordpress.com/2011/10/06/expert-urban-gardener/
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~MORE ABOUT – Jane Taylor Award and AHS National Children & Youth Garden Symposium Visit.
Jane Taylor (left) with Mike Devlin, Valerie Frick and AHS Board Chair Susie Usrey at the AHS awards gala at River Farm in Alexandria, Va., in June. Devlin and Frick were honored with a national award for their contributions to youth gardening.
The Camden Children’s Garden hosted hundreds of educators and horticulturists from all over the country on July 26 as part of our participation in the American Horticultural Society’s 16th annual National Children & Youth Garden Symposium. We were thrilled to be able to give people who love youth gardening the chance to see what we’re doing here in Camden – especially with our youth employment and job training program. The garden & youth received rave reviews.
We wanted these visitors from about 35 states, and several countries, to get a sense of the variety of programs and activities our garden brings to Camden, in addition to being a safe, green oasis in which children can play and learn about nature. Staffers and Garden designer explained their process for creating the garden exhibits and education programming.
David Henriquez and Marchelle Roberts, who grew up in Camden and graduated from our youth employment and job training program, impressed all our visitors with their presentations about what the garden has meant to them. “They were absolutely eloquent. There was not a dry eye in the audience,” said visitor Jane Taylor, the “Mother” of the Children’s Garden.
Mike was honored to welcome each group in the Piney Woods Amphitheatre, and told them why this occasion was so special to Val and him – it was the very first national symposium on children’s gardening, where we heard Jane Taylor talk about her garden for children at Michigan State University, that inspired us to envision a children’s garden for Camden. In June, Val and Mike were honored to receive the 2008 “Jane L. Taylor Award” from the American Horticultural Society for their work with young people through the Camden Children’s Garden and the Camden City Garden Club. This national award was presented at a gala at River Farm, the society’s headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia.
Support “Cans for Camden”! Come see (and taste) all of the creative things you can do with canned goods! Now through October 16th 1% of all sales of canned items will be
donated to the @Camden City Garden Club to support community gardens in Camden, NJ. You can also donate canned goods in our exit to help the Abington Inter-Faith Food Cupboard.
CAMDEN FOOD SECURITY ADVISORY BOARD MEETING on Oct 15th Welcomes Guest Speakers Whole Foods Market VIPs. CCGC Partner Whole Foods Market will address the components that they look for in a community when making decisions about new store locations – A subject very important in the City of Camden, NJ, Top US Food Desert. Meeting open @ Oct 15th @ 4pm. Read More by Downloading Flyer!
Whole Foods staff, David Pinkney, Executive Coordinator of Operations, Mid Atlantic Region, Angela Rakis, Executive Coordinator for Customer Experience, Mid Atlantic Region and Alison Marcnatuno, Store Team Leader, Whole Foods Market, North Wales will speak about what factors they look for when making decisions about new store locations.
Presenters will include:
- Alison Marcantuno, Store Team Leader
- David Pinkney, Executive Coordinator Operations
- Angela Rakis, Executive Coordinator, Customer Experience
The Camden Children’s Garden Thanks CSC of Rosemont College in Bryn Mawr, PA!
Rooted in the mission of Rosemont College, the Cornelian Service Corps (CSC), a part of the Office of Campus Ministry, offers opportunities and provides resources for members of the college community to engage in meaningful service. The Rosemont CSC wanted to kick off their semester with a service day at a local garden to get their students moving outside and thinking about nature and sustainability, a Rosemont’s theme for the Fall semester.
Fortunately, Meaghan Daly, Service Coordinator at Rosemont College, was informed about the mission of Camden Children’s Garden to help feed and green Camden, NJ, through community gardening and nutrition education. Ms. Daly worked with the Garden to schedule a group of students to volunteer.
On September 16, 2012, approximately twelve student volunteers from Rosemont College. Half of the group stayed at the Camden Children’s Garden to spruce up exhibits at the CCG. The other half of the group assisted in planting and maintaining at the thriving Beckett Street Urban Farm in Camden, NJ. The students renewed existing plant beds, planted 500 Fall/Winter vegetable crops, harvested eight 5-gallon buckets of vegetables (varieties of peppers, potatoes and other produce), which was then taken back to the CCG mini-Farmstand and will be sold at wholesale prices to Camden residents and visitors.
The students were all from very diverse backgrounds with several interests and were very excited to serve the community gardens program in helping to feed Camden, NJ, the nation’s poorest city.
The students and staff even went a bit further, collecting donations at their school’s Fall Festival/Family Weekend for the Camden Children’s Garden!
We truly appreciate the help and support from our new partners the Rosemont College CSC!
AUGUST 20TH – Whole Foods Market Demonstrations, Food Security Board, Garden Club Meetings & Major Grant Announcement!
Monday, August 20th ~ See Details on Invite and Times for Specific Activities Below…
- 4:00pm–5:30pm ~ Camden City Food Security Advisory Board Meeting
- 5:30pm ~ USDA Grant Announcement/Refreshments
- 5:45pm ~ Whole Foods Market Tasting / Education and Camden City Garden Club (CCGC) Meeting
USDA Grants Camden City Garden Club – Funding for Community Gardens and Entrepreneurial Urban Agriculture!