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Camden, New Jersey students get $50,000 to expand urban farming

An urban farming initiative designed to grow crops in planters on street corners near the school in downtown Camden

By Bill Duhart
New Jersey Com
May 22, 2017


“Camden is a food desert,” said Karina Velez, a LEAP Academy senior who helped design the urban farming initiative here. “Our goal in the future is to have mini festivals where we can provide fresh produce. Because there’s not a lot of place in Camden where kids can get healthy food.”

LEAP’s program — entitled “From Food Desert to Food Forest” — was developed by students to help address the issue of poor nutrition caused by widespread poverty in one of America’s poorest cities.

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