ATLANTIC CITY — The Community Harvesters Church (formerly The Way of Holiness Temple), on North New York Avenue in Atlantic City, received $50,000 in funding from the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA)’s Community Development Grant Program.
The funding is to assist with the purchase and installation of a new greenhouse, storage shed, rainwater barrel, fencing and various gardening accoutrements for the church’s community garden. All of the produce grown by the church will be donated and distributed to needy Atlantic City residents. The project is an extension of Gov. Chris Christie’s administration’s vision of making the Atlantic City Tourism District a vibrant and successful year-round destination resort. Pastor Alexander Smith and his congregation tend the community garden.
“Thanks to the generous contributions from the CRDA, Community Harvesters Church was able to construct a community gardening greenhouse that will enable us to grown fresh vegetables and herbs year round,” said Pastor Smith. “We endeavor to educate our community, in particular our youth, on the importance of urban agriculture and we hope to create jobs and market what we grow to local businesses to sustain our greenhouse.”
The CRDA’s Community Development Program provides capital investment funds for economic development and community projects that respond to the changing economic and social needs of Atlantic City and the state of New Jersey. It encourages business development and permanent job creation, promote opportunities for business expansion, and commit to facilitating a vibrant economic investment and employment environment for New Jersey.