The Greater Newark Conservancy helps inner city children get a nutritious diet
Court Street Urban Farm. Land sits next to the Krueger-Scott Mansion, an 1888 landmark once owned by a city beer baron. We’ve been able to produce over 15,000 pounds of produce during the course of one growing season! Click on image for larger file.
The conservancy recruits teenagers from all Newark high schools as paid interns. They work 25- to 30-hour weeks in the summer and 10- to 15-hour weeks during the school year.
By Jane Primerano
Nov 30, 2016
Besides the Court Street farm, a larger parcel on Hawthorne Street functions as a community garden where residents lease their own plots. There are 200 4- by 8-foot raised beds that are leased by residents who pay $10 a year and receive $20 worth of seeds, according to director of Urban Agriculture Justin Allen.
Robin Dougherty, the executive director of the conservancy, said the not-for-profit group would love to expand the reach of its Urban Agriculture program, but an economic boom in the city may present difficulties.
One of those difficulties is right there on Court Street. After years of standing empty, the Krueger-Scott mansion, which overlooks Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, may be in for gentrification. Neither Dougherty nor the conservancy’s director of development Brian Morrell would discuss the name of the potential developer, but Dougherty said the goal of the project would be a “makers village,” where artists or entrepreneurs could live where they work.
Another makers village is in the work in the Ironbound section of the city, developed by RBH Management and anchored by Aero Farms, a hydroponic grower.