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During the 2011 Fall Semester, a talented group of six (4 undergraduate and 2 graduate) Ralph W. Voorhees Public Service Fellows and other MCRP students worked with Elijah’s Promise to research the potential for developing urban agriculture in New Brunswick. Elijah’s Promise is a community based organization in New Brunswick that seeks to alleviate poverty and hunger by providing job training, small business development, education, jobs, and services. Students explored the potential to grow and process food in the city, assessed the local market to purchase locally grown food, and considered how urban agriculture can enhance economic development opportunities by identifying models for growing and processing food that are linked to job training, education, and entrepreneurial business development. Students produced a report and implementation plan that includes models from other cities.
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