PROJECT PROFILE: Camden-Glassboro Collaborative Learning
on Food and Health Equity
About 

As one of the 10 New Jersey Health Initiatives (NJHI) Small and Mighty Communities grantees, the Glassboro team has leveraged their first year of work to secure additional support through the NJHI Community Collaborative Learning Fund, which is administered by Healthy Places by Design. Our goal with this award is to build a collaborative learning relationship between community organizations in two South Jersey municipalities that share a focus on food access and health equity. This collaboration will strengthen two existing initiatives: the Glassboro Food & Health Equity project, supported in part by NJHI, and the Camden Urban Agriculture Collaborative led by Parkside Business & Community in Partnership (PBCIP).

The Glassboro team, led by Rowan University, Acenda Integrated Health, and the Mosaic Family Success Center, has developed four food-related workshops for the participants of the Camden Urban Agricultural Collective apprenticeship program. The initial four workshops were delivered in April at the Mastery High School of Camden. In exchange, the Camden team, led by PBCIP, is delivering workshops in Glassboro, explaining the many food and health equity projects that they are involved in Camden. They will assist the Glassboro Coalition to identify initiatives that could be replicated in Glassboro and then help the Glassboro Coalition to plan for these initiatives to increase food equity in Glassboro.

A $15,000 grant for the Glassboro-Camden Learning Collaborative program was received from Healthy Places by Design, 2021 - 2022.

Project Team

  • Mahbubur Meenar, Ph.D. (Project director) 

  • Leslie Spencer, Ph.D., Megan Bucknum, Mireille Bright Gbebry, Ph.D., Dara LoBuono, Ph.D., Rowan University

  • Alex Cervantes, Robert Chiaravalloti (Students)

  • Jonathan Wetstein, Travis Spotts, Parkside Business & Community in Partnership, Roots to Prevention

  • Danielle Mitchell, Acenda Integrated Health

Partners

  • Parkside Business & Community in Partnership

  • Glassboro Health Equity Coalition

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Glassboro community garden

Project Outputs
Community Garden Toolkit | Conceptual Garden Design | Community Workshop Curricula | Community Presentations

Community Garden Startup Toolkit for Affordable Housing Developments 

By Alex Cervantes and Jonathan Wetstein

This toolkit is designed to help residents in affordable housing communities plan, design, build, and operate their own community gardens. Click here to download.

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Proposed Community Garden for a Glassboro Affordable Housing Development

By Alex Cervantes

A conceptual design for a potential community garden in Delsea Manor, Glassboro. The garden is proposed on an underutilized open space within the housing complex.

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Existing condition

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Garden view 1

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Proposed garden

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Workshop 1 - Fruits & Vegetables 101  |  Workshop 2 - Fruits & Vegetables: How To's

By Mireille Bright Gbebry, Ph.D. and Dara LoBuono, Ph.D., Rowan University

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Mireille Bright Gbebry and Dara LoBuono

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Workshop 3 - Food Career Paths

By Megan Bucknum and Robert Chiaravalloti, Rowan University

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Megan Bucknum

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Workshop 4 - Health Services Navigation

By Danielle Mitchell, Acenda Integrated Health - Family Success Center

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Danielle Mitchell

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Presentations by Jonathan Wetstein

Roots to Prevention, Parkside Business and community In Partnership, Camden

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Jonathan Wetstein

COMMUNITY GARDENS FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT + FOOD

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