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Building Bridges

One of the projects we have been working on is supporting St. Joseph Regional Elementary School build a school garden. The plan is to build 8 raised beds and plant some organic vegetables and flowers for pollinators. This initiative will be incorporated in the science curriculum as well as in the arts by having the students decorate the raised beds which are anticipated to be done out of concrete blocks or panels. During the summer months of July and August when kids are on vacation, the beds will be opened to the Spanish Parishioners. We think this will be a great opportunity to create a bridge between the students and people from the community. We hope that this also serves to connect and work beyond a community garden such as creating relationships with farmers and potentially being able to address other issues that affect farmworkers, many of which work in the farms of Hammonton. Expectantly, this collaboration will serve as a bridge between different communities.

About the Grantee

Comite de Apoyo para Trabajadores Agriculturales (CATA)

CATA is a Latino nonprofit organization in the Mid-Atlantic region whose mission it is to empower and educate farmworkers and low-wage immigrant workers through leadership development and capacity building so they can make informed decisions regarding the best course of action for their interests. For 39 years, CATA has been working on issues such as Immigration, Workers Rights and Food Justice.