City Bloom Story

Nutrition is important in fostering a healthy relationship with food. Angel and Natalia’s journey began in 2017 when they became regular attendees of our Family Fun in the Kitchen program. Through this monthly hands-on nutrition and cooking class, we’ve helped Angel take control of his diabetes, which in return helps him keep up with his 5-year-old daughter Natalia.

Prior to joining our program, Angel didn’t exercise, ate primarily processed foods, and was on medications that made him too tired to spend time with Natalia. Through our workshops, Angel and Natalia have learned how to make nutritious, yummy, and filling meals together. Now one of Natalia’s favorite activities is cooking with her dad (and her favorite recipe is his fresh, farm-to-table veggie pizza).

Today, Angel’s diabetes is under control and he no longer needs to take medications. He is proud to set an example for Natalia and teach her how to make healthy choices.

Horizon Foundation has featured Angel and Natalia’s story on their website and through social media.

Meet Mark, our Landscape Assistant! Mark came to us through the Clean and Green program – a job training program providing transitional landscaping jobs to formerly incarcerated residents. Mark works primarily at our urban farms, but periodically helps maintain our Outdoor Learning Center. Through Greater Newark Conservancy, he discovered his passion for leading others and farming. When the need arose, he easily transitioned to mentoring Newark high school interns and leading volunteer groups at our urban farm. He takes pride in the skills he has gained with us at the Conservancy, ultimately becoming a better communicator and more empathetic person.