On a rainy day in August, a group of about 40 people from the New Brunswick, Newark and Rutgers communities toured the 2.75 acre Added Value Community Farm in Red Hook, Brooklyn, an expansive growing operation built upon an abandoned paved park.
The topics of the day were complicated – urban agriculture, food security and local economic development.
“It’s a lot more than growing a couple (of) tomato plants,” said trip organizer Matthew Sarsycki, a grad student at the Rutgers University Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy.
In New Brunswick, these very issues are tackled daily by a number of agencies that are working to bring fresh food that is accessible to all of New Brunswick’s diverse residents, stir economic development to create further opportunities for local business owners, and do all of these things in a way that is sustainable.
“This is a movement,” said Lisanne Finston, Executive Director of Elijah’s Promise, of New Brunswick’s growing involvement in education, community gardens and healthy eating. read more: Healthy, Fresh Food in the Hub City – New Brunswick, NJ Patch.