Planning Meeting: Rebuilding A Local Community Garden

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The AtlantiCare Growing Green program was invited to join A Work in Progress Foundation, non-profit community program of Margate, NJ on Sunday, February 24, 2014 at the Hamilton Memorial United Methodist Church in Atlantic City, NJ to meet the members/gardeners of the church.

The Hamilton Church community garden was sadly devastated in October 2012 by Super storm Sandy. The garden had been rebuilt but not to its past glory. The ShapingNJ grant will assist to rebuild the garden to its original beauty while expanding its scope to include an outside cooking area and learning center. There will also be an outside physical activity area for children/local families to utilize. Planning for programming surrounding healthy cooking/eating and safe, physical activity is already under way.  Additional funding for the program and support will be provided by A Work in Progress, AtlantiCare Growing Green, SOSH Architects, Kline Construction and several other community partners.

AtlantiCare’s Samantha Kiley, Director of Community Engagement & Client Relations, and Cookie Till, founder and president of A Work in Progress Foundation met local residents and past gardeners to discuss plans for the renovation to their community garden planned for Spring 2014.

The gardeners and community members in attendance were pleased to hear of the plans for the garden and additional areas of expansion to the property. As well they committed to participate and help sustain this exciting new and improved gardening/community space. The garden and public space will be accessible by not only by the church members but local residents and groups as well. Additional community groups are encouraged to participate in the project.

A clean-up date is scheduled for March 15, 2014 weather permitting.  WORKERS WELCOME!

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