Court Street Urban Farm
Chickens in the middle of Newark? You heard that right. You can hear their content cluck-clucks at our Court Street Urban Farm. In 2009, the Conservancy took over a close to an acre of land that sits next to the Krueger-Scott Mansion, an 1888 landmark once owned by a city beer baron. After moving in several tons of soil, we started planting vegetables; we’ve been able to produce over 15,000 pounds of produce during the course of one growing season! Add to that the delicious addition of fresh, local eggs from our happy chickens, and honey from our apiary, and you’ve got a really productive source of healthy, local, fresh food, all available through our Farm Stand Program.
Hawthorne Avenue Farm
Like a secret garden, in the middle of an entirely urban space, there are rows upon rows of eggplant, peppers, tomatoes, beans, squash, and melons. Then, as if by magic, there’s an entire orchard of over 75 fruit trees, including apple, peach, pear, fig and cherry. Proudly named by the fourth graders at the Hawthorne Avenue Elementary School, the Hawthorne Hawks Healthy Harvest Farm is a 2.5 acre site that was formerly a vacant lot awaiting construction of a new school. Instead of sitting barren, this space has been producing local, pesticide free produce since 2012! The Conservancy manages the farm with the help of hundreds of residents, our Newark Youth Leadership Project interns, participants in our Clean & Green program, and numerous volunteers. In addition to the intensive farm area and fruit tree orchard, for $10 a year, residents can “rent” one of over 200 raised 4’ x 8’ beds to grow their own vegetables through our Plot it Fresh program. If you don’t want to maintain your own garden, you can always purchase the farm’s produce at our Youth Farm Stand!
We’ll be hosting Open Volunteer Days on the Hawthorne Avenue farm the fourth Saturday of each month through October.