Summer Volunteers Growing Food for Elijah’s Promise!
In late summer, URJ Urban Mitzvah Corps (UMC) partnered with Elijah’s Promise to provide opportunities for teens to serve the New Brunswick community. This month long program divides its time between Promise Urban Agriculture and the Promise Soup Kitchen. For the first circuit of UMC teens, 12 students and 1 staff member joined Promise Garden to learn about gardening, farming, sustainability, privilege, and food justice. During the two weeks they spent with Promise Agriculture, they turned compost, made walkways more accessible for gardeners and visitors, weeded areas to help with plant growth, and planted jalapeños and red clover.
For the second circuit of UMC participants, we had 6 students and 1 staff member join us. We continued having conversations about food justice and teaching about urban farming/gardening. With this group, we focused on creating more of a community space within Promise Garden by cleaning the areas surrounding the garden and painting the Community “You Pick” beds. We continued watering all growing things to ensure they thrived in the heat and weeding around the plants. On the final day of UMC serving at Promise Agriculture, we had a plentiful harvest of tomatoes, beets, scallions, and dill. The tomatoes were then delivered to the Elijah’s Promise soup kitchen to be made into salads. The beets were delivered to Let’s Cook for Kids and the scallions and dill were given to Meals on Wheels to be used in different dishes!
About the Grantee
Elijah’s Promise harnesses the power of food to break the cycle of poverty, alleviate hunger, and change lives. Learn more about us at www.elijahspromise.org!