Newark, NJ:

Newark is the largest city in the state of New Jersey. It is also predominantly African American and has a high number of impoverished residents.

23.9% of the population fall below the poverty level.

27% of African Americans fall below the poverty level.

Park Project:

Purpose: Sharing our vision of the purpose of community gardens, the American Community Gardening Association “recognizes that community gardening improves people’s quality of life by providing a catalyst for neighborhood and community development, stimulating social interaction, encouraging self-reliance, beautifying neighborhoods, producing nutritious food, reducing family food budgets, conserving resources and creating opportunities for recreation, exercise, therapy and education.” With this in mid, we hope to start here to change the Fairmont community and greater Newark community.

Goal: Create a park/urban garden and living classroom targeting the community and local charter and public schools to supplement their curricula.

Program Objective:

      • Engage and unite the Fairmont Community
      • Provide an opportunity for residents to adopt a portion of the planting beds, maintain and reap crop. Structure opportunities for surplus to be sold at market. Donate the remaining crop to the local food bank.
      • Engage St. Phillips Academy and other schools, supplementing their curriculum developing long-term partnerships.
      • Repurpose curriculum developed to include community sustainable urban farming methods.
      • Develop a scalable model that will act as a base for our campaign to increase access to community parks within Newark, NJ.

Reality Exhibit: Coming Soon

Future Areas:

      • Brooklyn, NY
      • Harlem, NY