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A Farmers Market Pops up at the School

As a part of the Community Connections project, Pop’s Farm really popped up at the Lincoln Annex School in New Brunswick in October 2018. The community’s first school pop-up farmers market was a big hit with the students, parents and school personnel as well as with the area residents.  So much so, that many who attended are hoping for another one to pop-up.

The event was a collaborative effort by the Rutgers (Department of Nutritional Sciences and Cooperative Extension units), the Lincoln Annex School, New Jersey FoodCorps, New Brunswick Community Food Alliance and New Brunswick Tomorrow.  In addition to fresh produce provided by the local Pop’s Farm, the project partners engaged the visitors through information about community resources, local programs, and nutrition, physical activity and health-related activities.

The FoodCorps educator Madison Conroy commented, “The Lincoln Annex Farmers Market was a huge success! We were able to put on an amazing event that had a great turnout from parents, teachers, students and community members. The feedback from the school, especially the students was all positive, talking about the great tasting produce they had tried, and saying they hoped there would be another market soon.

The event was shared with the greater community through the Rutgers University Newsroom (see the full story here )

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Rutgers The State University of New Jersey

Through its Department of Nutritional Sciences and Cooperative Extension units, Rutgers provides nutrition education, conducts nutrition- and health-related research, builds partnerships, and implements evidence-based strategies to improve the nutrition status, health and well-being of people throughout New Jersey.