Center for Environmental Transformation

Address

1729 Ferry Avenue
Camden, NJ 08104
County: Camden
http://www.camdencenterfortransformation.org

Contact

Ms. Teresa Niedda

Grant Amount

$15,000

Program Area

Environment

Focus

Grant Details

General operating support for environmental education, urban agriculture, greening activities, and community engagement in the Waterfront South neighborhood of Camden.

Organization Background

MISSION:

The Center for Environmental Transformation (CFET) in Camden, New Jersey engages, educates, and inspires people to practice a more environmentally responsible way of living on the planet.

BACKGROUND:

CFET was established in 2007 by members of Sacred Heart Church united in a common concern for the well-being of the community. CFET manages approximately one acre of garden (across various locations) including a greenhouse and orchard in the Waterfront South neighborhood of Camden, NJ, an area plagued by economic and environmental injustice. To address these issues, CFET uses a multi-pronged approach and has developed an innovative youth program that uses urban agriculture, job training, and entrepreneurship to develop young people's leadership skills. Through seed-to-table gardening, youth engage in multi-disciplinary education for sustainability while renewing the urban ecosystem as a regional model in the development of food system security and the local economy. CFET also hosts service learning retreats focused on environmental education for groups throughout the region at its 24-bed retreat center. Garden SEEDS (Service, Eating, Education, Diversity, & Silliness) is a year-round program for children from Pre-K through 8th Grade, focused on the hands-on exploration of food and its origins. CFET's SEEDS program is conducted by a FoodCorps Service Member at three Camden schools where we have started school gardens and implemented programs on gardening, the environment, nutrition, and healthy eating.

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