Saturday, September 28th 2013, – Today, following a ceremony at the Brennan family home, Molly Brennan and Thomas Woltjen celebrated their union with a wedding reception at the Camden Children’s Garden.
Molly and Thomas had their hearts set on a wedding reception at the Camden Children’s Garden after their 15+ year history with Camden City Garden Club programs.
As children, they participated in the Grow Labs program in Merchantville, learning about horticulture and nutrition with hands-on garden experience in their classrooms. The Grow Labs program continues today, reaching approximately 250 children in Camden and has expanded to include school gardens that include an additional 1230 students.
“We’ve known the family for over 30 years. We are so happy for the newlyweds and honored that they selected the Camden Children’s Garden to celebrate their special day,” shared Mike Devlin, Executive Director.
ABOUT THE CAMDEN CITY GARDEN CLUB’S PROGRAMS
The Camden City Garden Club, Inc. is a non-profit (501)(c)(3) environmental and educational organization that has been nourishing, beautifying and helping to feed the people of Camden, NJ for 29 years through the Community Gardening Program. Founded by Mike Devlin and his wife Valerie Frick, the organization soon expanded to include a variety of community-enhancing programs, such as GrowLab which offers hands-on nutrition and horticulture education to Camden students in their classrooms for 24 years. The Youth Employment and Job Training Program completed its 19th successful year, giving Camden’s at-risk teens the opportunity to earn an income while gaining skills and mentoring city school children. This program gives Camden’s future leaders job experience through community service. Since 1999, the CCGC has operated the South Jersey favorite oasis for families, the Camden Children’s Garden. This whimsical 4.5 acre horticultural playground serves as an education center, tourist destination, a safe haven for Camden families, and the hub of all CCGC programs. The Camden Children’s Garden is still open, but is in talks with the State of NJ to continue to operate the venue and so was born, the Save the Garden Movement. In 2012, “Camden Grows” launched as the USDA Entrepreneurial Agriculture Program, which develops Camden gardeners as entrepreneurs to improve Camden’s Food System. Camden’s Fresh Mobile Market began in 2013, to provide Camden residents access to healthy, locally-grown food. CCGC is strengthening communities and providing
economic well-being through a low-cost fresh food and education.