Eve's Garden

Produced by: 
Heart of Camden with Scribe Video Center
9 min 15 sec

This video is available for purchase as part of a Precious Places Community History Project Vol.3 compilation DVD.

South Camden may not normally evoke images of verdant foliage and bountiful vegetable gardens. With an assortment of industries, an incinerator, a sewage treatment plant, and toxic areas including two federal Superfund sites, the neighborhood is severely affected by pollution. Respiratory and other health ailments are widespread, and neighborhood groups have decried the environmental racism that has rendered their very air a dire health hazard. Yet, as this documentary shows, Eve's Garden is part of a long history of neighborhood activism to make the streets of South Camden healthier and more beautiful. The garden features a large greenhouse, vegetable beds, and even a hand-built cob baking oven that the kids helped construct from local clay, sand and straw. Residents and school children grow corn, pole beans, tomatoes, collard greens, potatoes, squash and numerous other hand-tended delights. Founded in 2004, Eve’s Garden and Community Greenhouse gives residents the opportunity to have their own lush piece of paradise in the middle of Camden’s urban-industrial waterfront. While deadly environmental pollution disproportionately affects communities of color, urban gardens such as Eve’s have long-demonstrated that industrial blight does not have the final word on a community’s vitality.