Grant Recipient Isles, Inc. Promotes Urban Farming

February 7, 2011

Rita Allen Foundation grant recipient Isles, Inc., based in Trenton, NJ, is a leader in promoting, planning and planting community and school gardens. Urban farming is a proven model of success that helps residents in our most economically challenged neighborhoods gain control over their food security and nutritional agendas.

To further expand the knowledge and use of urban farming as a tool to create jobs and combat hunger and poverty, Isles is hosting a regional conference on Friday, March 25, 2011, 8:30-4:30 p.m., at the Rutgers EcoComplex in Bordentown, NJ.

Registration for their “Ag in the City: Urban Lands Conference” is now open to invited guests, including municipal officials and other professionals from city planning, public works, parks and recreation, urban farmers, community organizations, local advocates, and entrepreneurs. Across the country, community activists, non-profit organizations, and government officials are joiningforces to re-imagine city land as urban farms.

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Isles YouthGrow interns in their school garden at Tucker Street last fall just after they’d put up the row cover to protect the plants from overnight frost.

The annual Oxen Plow event where we partner with farmers from Howell Living History Farm and a local elementary school to till the Chestnut Avenue Garden.