In the Garden: The Community Economic Potential of the Food System

Elijah’s Promise enlisted the Spring 2016 Community Development Studio at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University to explore the feasibility of expanding its apiculture, farm to table culinary training, and composting projects. Elijah’s Promise seeks to build on its strengths to expand community economic development opportunities such as […]

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Improving Community Food Security in New Brunswick (2014)

New Brunswick is home to many efforts to improve community food security, which is often defined as access to healthy, affordable, and culturally appropriate food. Many organizations address community food security in two or more ways. While they may primarily provide food access, they may also work on food affordability, education, advocacy, research, and community […]

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Farm-to-Freezer (2013)

The 2013 Voorhees Fellows worked with Elijah’s Promise to prepare a farm-to-freezer guide. Elijah’s Promise asked the Fellows to create a guide to illustrate how and why Elijah’s Promise processes and freezes fresh food. EP freezes fresh food to save money by extending the shelf life of lower cost and sometimes free summer produce, control food […]

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Community Food Hub II (2012)

The Fall 2012 Rutgers Bloustein Community Development Studio worked with Elijah’s Promise, the New Brunswick Food Alliance, and New Jersey Community Capital to think about how they might build on New Jersey’s existing farming and community development infrastructure to create a community food hub. To do this, the team 1) explored how community food hubs […]

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Community Food Hub I (2012)

The Rutgers Bloustein Spring 2012 Community Development Studio worked with Elijah’s Promise, the Rutgers University Food Innovation Center, and New Jersey Community Capital to explore the potential to create a community food hub in New Brunswick.  Food hubs help small and medium-sized farmers reach wholesale and/or retail customers and increases access to locally grown fresh […]

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Rutgers Food Innovation Center (2012)

The Spring 2012 Rutgers Bloustein School Community Development Studio conducted a study of the Rutgers University Food Innovation Center (FIC) in Bridgeton, New Jersey. The FIC is a full service food incubator, the only food-related business incubator in the state. It provides core food-processing business services including business development, market testing, product development, networking services, […]

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Urban Agriculture Field Trips (2012)

Elijah’s Promise and the Ralph W. Voorhees Center partnered to enhance community food security and food-related community economic development. With a Rutgers University Community University Research Partnership grant, teams of students, faculty, community residents, city staff, and many others visited urban agriculture and community food economy projects in action to inform urban agriculture and food […]

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Cultivating Community (2012)

Community gardening efforts blossom in New Brunswick as the newly-formed New Brunswick Community Gardening Coalition expands its collaborative mission to share resources, build neighborhood ties, and promote food security throughout New Brunswick, NJ. In her final semester as an undergraduate at Rutgers University, studying all things politics, policy, and planning, Alena D’Auria dug deeper into the […]

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Urban Agriculture in New Brunswick (2011)

Graduate students and undergraduate Ralph W. Voorhees Fellows worked with Elijah’s Promise, a New Brunswick community-based organization that seeks to alleviate poverty and hunger by providing job training, small business development, education, jobs, and services. They explored the potential to grow and process food in the city, assessed the local market for locally grown food, […]

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