This semester, the students in Dr. Laura Guertin's ERM 210 course, Environmental Factors and Their Effect on Your Food Supply,
have learned about a range of topics from The Farm Bill to the Food Corps, to climate change and conservation, to buy fresh and buy local. Each class period, the students begin with an overview of a current event relating to food issues, challenges, and policies. One local story really "hit home" for the students, and the class decided to take their education to the next level and be advocates for a local children's garden under the threat of closure.
The students listened to the WHYY Newsworks audio story titled Camden Children's Garden plugs along while fighting eviction
. The students were surprised to hear that such a valuable resource, both for education and awareness of healthy foods, was going to be shut down for "economic development" reasons. Each student pitched in and wrote 33 letters that were sent to the Mayor of Camden, asking her to step in and allow the Camden Children's Garden to continue. The students are hopeful that, although being from outside of the Camden area, the Mayor will see that even those at a distance realize the significant impact a garden can have on a child and the overall health of the city of Camden.
To show your support to have the garden remain open, please visit the Save the Camden Children's Garden website
for information on how you can help.