Reed's Organic Farm is driven by a dual mission--to provide Atlantic County with a source of locally and organically grown produce, and to enhance both the physical and mental wellbeing of our communities through fostering a relationship with nature. Growing vegetables promotes healthful eating--but it is the process of engaging with the plant world that can promote a meaningful purpose in our lives. We work with regional stakeholders to bring agricultural education to our neighbors, especially those who may be overlooked due to their differences.
As farmers and educators, we know it is a privilege to have a strong relationship with our environment, and it is our mission to share this relationship with our wonderful programming partners, detailed below.
Boys and Girls Club of Atlantic City
Our partnership with the Boys and Girls Club includes seasonal programming events focusing on gardening, arts, and nutrition. This partnership culminated in a 2021 farm-to-table summer camp in partnership with the Teen Center. We hosted a 6-week summer camp for 10 teens, in which we maintained gardens at the Farm and Teen Center, and explored farm-to table culinary arts. We will host this summer camp again during summer 2022.
JEVS HireAbility provides career services to individuals with physical, developmental, or emotional challenges as well as those facing adverse socio economic conditions including unemployment. A Meaningful Purpose hosted a 2021 summer internship program in partnership with JEVS—we employed 5 of their clients for an 8-week vocational training program on the Farm. We continue to host internship programs at the farm with their adult clients.
Y.A.L.E. School’s Northfield Campus serves students with one or a combination of emotional, behavioral, social, or learning disabilities. We partnered with Y.A.L.E. to host a 2021 summer internship program (also in partnership with JEVS), and we are coordinating weekly classes with their Northfield Campus.
Mainland Regional High School Special Needs Program
During the 2021 school year, we engaged in monthly zoom lessons with MRHS Special Needs Program, in which we conveyed seasonal tasks on the Farm. We also hosted two of these students as interns, in partnership with Jewish Family Services, for Summer 2021. This school year, we are hosting two classes for weekly garden-based learning courses, including seasonal agricultural and culinary lessons. These two classes include MHRS's Special Needs and Behavioral programs.
Atlantic County Youth Workforce Division
The Farm hosted a vocational training internship for young adults in Atlantic County during Summer 2021. We employed 2 interns for 8 weeks, and will participate in this program again during the summer of 2022. This experience provides interns with transferable vocational skills and acclimates them to proper workplace conduct.
Gloves on the Ground
Our Farm is the site of GOTG's Peace & Unity Garden, which is cultivated using seeds sourced from nations of global conflict, This garden has been designed in partnership with Damon Smith, a veteran and educator. His mission promotes healing through garden work, while cultivating plants that are native to global conflict zones, grown in an effort to humanize these cultures and bring healing to those impacted by violent conflict.
Jefferson University Masters of Nutrition Program
Our farm has formed a 5-year agreement with Jefferson University to serve as a preceptor site for their new Masters of Nutrition program. We will host graduate students in this program throughout the school year, in a variety of classes including Environmental Sustainability and Nutrition Education. These students will learn about the importance of local farming in supporting the health of communities, as well as the health of the environment.
If you are interested in supporting programming initiatives through donating, volunteering, or partnering, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.