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New Jersey to Let Community Garden-Grown Produce in Public Schools

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Wilson Community Gardens Initiative Approved By Assembly. Assemblyman Wilson served in the U.S. Air Force (1965-1969), including tours in Thailand and Vietnam. He was a member of the Camden Police Department for over 26 years, serving as a lieutenant, commander of the Vice Unit, and supervisor of the First Community Policing Unit. He also received his B.A. from Rowan University (Law/Criminal Justice).

Legislation would allow schools to serve students fruits and vegetables grown in community gardens, help minimize “urban desert” effect

Press Release
01/28/2013

(TRENTON) – The General Assembly today approved bill A3019 drafted by Assemblyman Gilbert “Whip” Wilson (D-Camden/Gloucester) allowing schools to serve fruits and vegetables grown in community gardens. The measure is another in a series by Wilson to increase access to fresh produce for residents living in the state’s “urban deserts.”

“Community gardens are an untapped resource to provide healthy, low-cost snacks for our state’s children, especially those living in food deserts” said Assemblyman Wilson. “We need to create multiple opportunities to combat childhood obesity, which is plaguing the children living in our urban areas.”

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Companies cultivating urban-farming initiatives in Boston

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From left, Nataka Crayton-Walker, Greg Bodine, and Bobby Walker at a City Growers micro-farm in Dorchester. Photo by Leise Jones/City Growers.

Urban farming fits into a broader vision by Mayor Thomas M. Menino’s office that would ensure access to healthy, local, nutritious food at fair prices for all Bostonians.

By Patricia Harris and David Lyon
The Boston Globe
Feb 1, 2013

Excerpt:

Glynn Lloyd, CEO of Roxbury-based City Fresh Foods catering company, had an epiphany a couple of years back. “I was standing in the kitchen at City Fresh and realized that we were buying all this lettuce from California and paying a pretty good dollar for it,” he recalls. “Then I was driving up Harold Street [in Roxbury] and I just noticed vacant lot, vacant lot, vacant lot, vacant lot. I said, ‘We are going to get land and start growing food.’?”

He was hardly the only one with that idea. Margaret Connors, a public-school wellness coordinator, was concerned that school meals had so little local food. She met Lloyd when City Fresh catered meals after her school’s kitchen broke down. They started talking, and together they hatched a for-profit, urban-farming company dedicated to providing farm-to-table produce, creating jobs, and bringing vacant neighborhood land back into productive use. They call it City Growers.

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