Local Food & Garden Expo Sparks Community Interest

IMG_1425Sustainable living includes thinking about buying locally and learning more environmentally friendly methods for beautifying your own gardens.  When it comes to food and nutrition, Community Supported Agriculture farms (CSA’s), local food buying programs and food banks provide sustenance.   Education on gardening techniques can enhance your own backyard and improve the environment.

Hoping to connect local farmers and their CSA’s (Community Supported Agriculture) with the community to learn more about the food supply chain and how they can support local farmers, while enjoying farm fresh food, Sustainable Cherry Hill ‘s Garden Task force and The Master GardenFoodThought1er’s of Camden County gathered for a very successful second “Food For Thought” fair.

Over 100 people, from Camden, Burlington, Gloucester and Cumberland Counties attended the event held at the Camden County Environmental Center in Cherry Hill, on Sunday, January 11.  They learned about various CSA’s, and food cooperatives and how they could join and support the local economy.  There were also demonstrations provided by the Master Gardeners of Camden County on worm composting, seed starting, community gardens, how to become a Master Gardener and the Camden County Backyard Chickens.

The room was packed with activity and all participants, vendors and the community alike left with lists of new potential shareholders and information.  Look for a documentary on the event in the near future!

FoodThought5We so pleased so many people participated and connected with CSAs and other experts. We look forward making this an annual or bi-annual event. Happy eating and gardening to all!


For those who were unable to attend, but still interested, we’ve included a list of this year’s participants with links to their sites below.



Hazon CSA of Southern New Jersey

Muth Family Farm

Our Yards Farm

Savoie Organic Farm

South Jersey Organic

Fernbrook Farms CSA


Cooperatives/Food Buying Clubs

 Winter Harvest Philly

Door to Door Organics

Submitted by Nadine Downie,  Sustainable Cherry Hill Garden Task Force