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Coeur et Sol Urban Farms in New Jersey

Why wait to find the perfect piece of land when you can take an empty lot and turn it into something beautiful?

By Jeff Holmes
12 Apr 2018


Hernandez grew up on five acres in Hunterdon County, where her family raised Nigerian dwarf goats and showed them for the local 4-H club. She had a small garden in her childhood. As she got older, though, like most teens, she grew apart from her interest.

On a trip to Paris years later, when she was a retail manager for a clothing company, Hernandez saw how important food and sustainability are to Parisians. She read the book The Market Gardner, by Jean-Martin Fortier and an idea was born. On her flight home, she started to write down her ideas and dreams of one day being an urban farmer.

After leaving her retail management job in April 2017, Hernandez soon went to work for City Green, an urban farming organization in Clifton. She was in charge of a half-acre lot, where she taught the creative side of agriculture. This is where she learned the importance of urban agriculture and the curb appeal it must have. She said, “Urban farms must be pretty to look at in order to draw attention and conversation.”

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