Why aren't we doing this in New York City and elsewhere?
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BRIDGETON--Organizers of an urban farming project in Bridgeton are hoping to grow a change in how local residents look at food. The Mill Creek Urban Farm has only been up and running for a month, but it's already producing amazing results.
Here in Bridgeton, "these are little cherry tomatoes here," this group is redefining what it means to be the Garden State. "We want to be a full service farm here," said Albert Kelly, President and CEO of Tri-County Community Action Partnership, the group running the project, "three-and-a-half cares, you can grow a lot of vegetables."
And they sure are at the Mill Creek Urban Farm, thanks to the 300 "earth boxes" which are providing the perfect growing conditions for lots of produce. From tomatoes, to peppers, fresh herbs and watermelon, there's an amazing variety of local produce being grown.
Looking at the rows of healthy plants, it's hard to believe the lot used to be the site of a housing project. It's all about making use of the land and teaching residents important skills. "In this economic time, this dire time, it's important that we try to teach people how to be self-sufficient," said Kelly.
The overall goal of the program is to take the lessons learned at the farm and share them with the rest of the community. Organizers hope to open a kitchen downtown where classes will be held on how to grow and cook your own food. They also hope to begin selling the produce grown to local restaurants and school lunch programs. "We're going to the farmer's market, we're feeding soup kitchens, all different things," said Delilie Carrington, who's coordinating the growing, "and we're going to educate."
Besides growing fresh produce, organizers hope the project instills a sense of pride for those involved, who can truly enjoy the fruits of their labor. "People can rally around this and make it a central part of the community and make this a successful project," said Kelly.
Organizers will be using federal stimulus money to buy 300 more earth boxes that will be given out to residents.