Youth Farm Stands Will Open for the Summer Season This year’s Grand Opening Celebration will take place in Paulsboro
(Woodbury, NJ) – Celebrating its fourth year in business, the Seeds to Success Program will again open three Youth Farm Stands this summer Freeholder Director Stephen M. Sweeney and Freeholder Deputy Director Robert M. Damminger announced today. This year the Seeds to Success Youth Farm Stands will operate in Paulsboro, and Glassboro beginning July 5th and in Woodbury beginning July 11th.
This year the Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting for the program will be held at the Paulsboro Stand at 8:30 am. on July 11th.
“Each year since its inception Seeds to Success gets bigger and better and that is a credit to the students who work at the farm stands, the farmers who provide the produce and the staff who helps coordinate this program,” said Freeholder Director Stephen M. Sweeney.
Sweeney said, “We believe in this program. Everyone who shops at the farm stands always has something positive to say about their experience, it’s a great measure of success that customers keep coming back to the stands each year.”
Freeholder Director Sweeney remarked that the county has purchased a van for the program to help with the delivery of produce and materials. The van will be utilized by the Health Department in the fall and winter months to help transport the flu program supplies and equipment.
“This innovative program that employs high school students to sell local produce to our residents is a winner on every level. Our youth get great experience, our citizens get more access to local produce, and our farmers have additional locations to sell their goods, it’s a great program for everyone,” said Director Sweeney. “We are committed to the success of this program and the county purchased a van to help with transport of goods and materials to help keep the Youth Farm Stands running smoothly,” Sweeney noted.
Seeds to Success is now in its fourth year in Gloucester County. Freeholder Deputy Director Bob Damminger, Liaison to the County’s 4-H and Rutgers Cooperative Extension, explained that the program employs at-risk high school students to sell locally grown produce.
“Students learn valuable retail and entrepreneurial skills, as well as earning a paycheck during the summer,” said Damminger. “These student workers have gone through the job application and interview process, they have been trained and they are the decision makers of this business.” Freeholder Damminger noted t hat there are teachers that supervise the Youth Farm Stands, however the students are the decision makers and handle everything from ordering their produce, cleaning-up, and customer service.
“This is a great hands-on educational tool,” Damminger said.
In addition to being open to the general public, the program also accepts the county’s Senior Farm Stand Vouchers and WIC Farm Stand Vouchers. This year they have been approved to authorization from the USDA to accept NJ Food Stamps. Gloucester County will have the first youth farm stands in NJ to be certified food stamp merchants. The Farm stands will begin accepting food stamps at one stand on a trial basis to make sure the process runs as smoothly and plans to have food stamp acceptance as standard operating procedure at all 3 stands by the end of July.
The Glassboro and Paulsboro Seeds to Success Youth Farm stands will open on July 5th . The Woodbury stand will open on July 11th. All will operate through August 23rd and will be open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 10 am to 5 pm.
The Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting for the program will be held at the Paulsboro Stand at 8:30 am. on July 11th.
Open Tues., Wed., Thurs.
July 5th through August 23rd
Three Convenient Locations:
East High Street
Between the Glass Museum & Fire Dept.
Down the street from the Post Office
Paulsboro Plaza Shopping Center