Parkside's Roots to Market (RTM)
is a non-profit, community-based initiative managed by Parkside Business & Community in Partnership (PBCIP) that helps Camden, New Jersey residents fix a broken food system for themselves by themselves. Began in 2013, Parkside's RTM initiative gives local households start-up gardens, training, and income opportunities through the growing and selling of produce to area businesses.
Recognizing that backyard gardening can get lonely, the Parkside Learning Garden was constructed. It is at this new community facility that RTM participants receive their training and grow ideas before they grow food.
Without an adequately educated consumer to demand healthier foods and a trained gardening workforce to supply, success in creating a healthy local food system in Camden will continue to face significant challenges. We know a byproduct of gardening is a healthier diet.