Urban Grown is a community-based organization whose goal is to eradicate hunger in urban communities locally, regionally, and nationally by providing residents with healthy affordable food as well as educating residents on self-sustainability. The organization is comprised of Camden, NJ natives Charles Curtis, III (President) , Quinzelle Bethea (Vice President) and Ebony Sellers (Treasurer).
The remaining executive board members represent various places in New Jersey. From Neptune, NJ is Secretary, Nick Westbrook, from Newark, NJ Groundskeeper Shuuja, and lastly from Linden, NJ is the Secretary of Health and Dietary Service Quavonna Murphy. Urban Grown has committed itself to taking root in Camden NJ -a city characterized by its high instances of crime and poverty. "We understand that the environment of a people can have an effect of their decision making. Waking up everyday being surrounded by trash and filth can have people feeling like they live in a trash can and so what would that make them? We believe community enrichment and involvement to be at the foundation of all that we do. In this instance the beautification of the city will inspire residents to take control of their communities and take pride in where they live." Says Urban Grown's President and Camden, NJ resident.
Urban Grown is made up of a collective of individuals committed to lasting change which starts from the outside holding true to their commitment on April 22nd, 2018 the organization organized a community clean-up focusing their efforts on the lots next to Donkeys on Charles E. Brimm Blvd. The organization promoted the event via social media with a flier calling community to take to action. Using tools donated by Camden city's Dept of Public Works (bags, rakes, shovels, and recyclable bags) members of Urban Grown worked alongside community members to clean much of the lot removing debris, bottles, and plastics that littered the lot. Ensuring that they'd leave behind something special sunflower seeds were planted to aid in revitalizing the area. "It was great to see members of the community participate and with such enthusiasm." Says Urban Grown's Secretary Nick Westbrook. Neighbors like Pieere, Liberty St. were inspired by volunteers and took to assist in cleaning the lot. Volunteers left with waters, fresh fruits and pamphlets on recycling. "As we continue to move towards achieving our goals we look to the community to whom we've taken the initiative to assist ready to establish bonds and foster lasting relationships for the betterment of the community's overall health inward and outward." Urban Grown's Treasurer and Camden Native Ebony Sellers added.
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