History

Since 2012 we have conducted workshops on clean renewable energy, along with organized community events on sustainable living, nutritional education, ecological building and eco-art. As part of our mission of creating self-sustaining communities, we have successfully turned three abandoned lots into community gardens. This has led to Newark SAS receiving an Exemplary Service Recognition award in 2012 from the Greater Newark Conservancy for our project dubbed The People’s Garden. This project consisted of turning a vacant lot into a produce garden, making healthy food accessible to Newark residents. We have also received a letter of recognition from Mayor Ras J. Baraka in 2014 for our donation of produce to dozens of Newark senior residents.

Through our ability of building local movements, we've brought individuals together in small and large groups for various programs and events related to environmental and socioeconomic issues. This includes our annual Sustainable Living Empowerment Conference and organizing gardeners and urban farmers to come together to help enrich the overall quality of life of residents. We've also increased the impact of tree planting and agricultural initiatives throughout the City of Newark. 

Be sure to visit our community gardens:

The People’s Garden

Visit us at: 86 ½ Garside Street, Newark, NJ 07104

Garden of Hope

Visit us at: 3-7 Fairmount Ave (corner of Central Ave), Newark, NJ 07103

Our collaborating partners consists of the following:

Newark Youth Court
Philip's Academy Charter School
The Paulo Friere Charter School
Greater Newark Conservancy
Rutgers VETS Program
Newark Academy
Essex County 4H
Marion P. Thomas Charter School
Harvest Table Eatery
Urban Healthcare Initiative Program (UHIP)
Elegant Bouquet Kitchen
Forward Ever Sustainable Business Alliance
Rising Tide Capital
NJ Environmental Justice Alliance
Growers of Essex County Coalition (consists of gardeners & Urban Farmers)
WSM Associates LLC
Global Advisors on Smokefree Policy (GASP)
La Casa de Don Pedro
UnitedHealthCare (UHC)
15 Now NJ
NJ Food & Water Watch
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
NJ Chapter, Academy of Pediatrics