Farm Aid Hosts Farm Fresh Foods in Camden Schools

 

Local events planned to connect local farms, fresh food and youth

CONTACT:
Mark Smith
(617) 354-2922
mark@farmaid.org

CAMDEN, NJ-Farm Aid today announced that it will host a series of events with students from the greater Philadelphia-Camden area to build the connection between farmers, chefs, and good food. "Farm Fresh Foods in Camden Schools," hosted in partnership with local youth and educational organizations, will involve students in food and farming activities in seven Camden schools.

Schedule of events and lead contacts:

Tuesday, Sept. 26th
Cooper's Poynt Elementary in Camden (2nd and 4th grades).
Led by staff of the Camden Children's Garden; Mike Devlin: 856-365-8733

St. Anthony of Padua School in Camden (2nd grade).
Led by staff of the Camden Children's Garden; Mike Devlin: 856-365-8733

Wednesday, Sept. 27th
F. X. McGraw Elementary in Camden (3rd and 5th grades)
Led by staff of the Camden Children's Garden; Mike Devlin: 856-365-8733

Camdens Promise Charter School in Camden (6th grade)
Led by staff of the Camden Children's Garden; Mike Devlin: 856-365-8733

Thursday, Sept. 28th
LEAP Academy Charter School in Camden (3rd through 6th grades)
Led by Rutgers Cooperative Extension: Robin Waddell: 856-225-6169

Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Elementary in Camden (3rd and 4th grades)
Led by Heart of Camden; Andrea Ferich

ECO Charter School in Camden (2nd and 3rd grade)
Led by Rutgers Cooperative Extension: Robin Waddell: 856-225-6169

Farms and Food Youth Summit - Duffield Farm, Washington Twp, NJ The Farms and Food Youth Summit will join high school-age youth from urban and rural communities to share mutual interests and concerns about food, farming, and nutrition. Led by Farm Aid, PA and NJ FFA and 4H groups; Mark Smith: 617-354-2922

"Farm Fresh Foods in Camden Schools" events are not open to the public. Media wishing to participate in these events should contact Mark Smith by calling (617) 354-2922 or by e-mail at mark@farmaid.org.

Farm Aid 2006 Presented by Silk Soymilk is scheduled for September 30 at the Tweeter Center at the Waterfront in Camden, NJ. The show will feature a diverse line-up of artists, including board members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews, as well as Jerry Lee Lewis with Roy Head, Los Lonely Boys, Arlo Guthrie, Gov't Mule, Steve Earle and Allison Moorer, Steel Pulse, Shelby Lynne, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Jimmy Sturr & his Orchestra, Pauline Reese and Danielle Evin. Individuals and organizations can donate to Farm Aid year round. For more information on Farm Aid and its annual benefit concert, visit www.farmaid.org.

Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp organized the first Farm Aid concert in 1985 to raise awareness about the loss of family farms and to raise funds to keep farm families on their land. Dave Matthews joined the Farm Aid Board of Directors in 2001. Farm Aid raises awareness about the critical role of family farms and has raised more than $29 million to build and strengthen family farm food production. Between 1985 and 2005, 80 percent of Farm Aid's total expenditures was spent on programs to benefit family farmers, exceeding charity watchdog standards. Through public education, program activities and grants, Farm Aid promotes food from family farms and sustainable agriculture, fights factory farms, advocates for fair farm prices and provides disaster assistance and credit counseling to farm families.

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**MEDIA NOTE: Advance credentials are required for all media to attend Farm Aid 2006 Presented by Silk Soymilk. Please visit www.farmaid.org/credentials by Sept. 22, 2006 to apply.**