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Urban Agriculture Management
Our goal is to increase accessibility to fresh, healthy food in low to moderate income level communities throughout the greater Newark community. We achieve this by developing collaborative partnerships with residents, local businesses, community-based organizations and stakeholders, and use best practices around the cultivation of green spaces. We strongly encourage a healthy relationship between plants, people and community. We also organize and operate green spaces for maximum production. This includes directing and coordinating work activities, such as planting, irrigation, soil development, harvesting, recordkeeping, etc. By establishing a distribution network consisting of various outlets, such as farmers’ markets, restaurants, cooperatives, soup kitchens, food pantries, and bodegas, we ensure the proper distribution and/or sale of produce so that it is not wasted. Space is always created at our agricultural sites to host an array of educational programs and/or hands-on training of garden/farm cultivation education and management, with a focus on produce distribution. This physical space in our community gardens/urban farms also allow activities and special events to be organized for residents to enhance a good food culture and a better relationship with nature. We believe it is highly important to use photography and video documentation to tell the story of the urban agriculture journey. By effectively using social media and managing the development of marketing and promotional material, we create an online presence to engage a larger audience and target millennials. To make sure we see all the great work you have done, find us on Instagram @newarksas and Facebook @SustainNewark and tag your posts with #TeamSAS and #NewarkSAS!
Join Our Farm to Table Co-op
Members make an advance payment of $395 and receive weekly fresh, locally grown produce packages, feeding 2 to 4 people for 20 weeks (June – October). Members also receive weekly recipes and nutrition tips for improving their health. There’s also an option to sign-up for partial membership of $200 and receive 10 weeks of produce packages. Click here to learn how you can become a member. Through our community gardens we provide access to fresh, healthy food for local residents. We adhere to the following guiding principle: To nurture the growth of organic, sustainable urban farms/gardens, using organic or heirloom seeds and natural fertilizers. Also, you could use your membership as a donation to sponsor a family. Your membership ensures that fresh, healthy food reaches the tables of those residing in neighborhoods defined as a food desert (neighborhoods that lack access to healthy food) or has no reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food. Click here to read about some of the benefits of your sponsorship and info on local food insecurity and how this program helps. We partner with community-based organizations that provide health and social services to help identify families in need. Click here for more info.
From our Pedal Bike Powered Smoothie Bar to our Popup Eco-Art Exhibits, we host a series of events as a means to engage participants and spark critical thinking around environmental, health and socioeconomic issues.
We host a number of one day/week long workshops such as Creating a Community Garden, Eco-Art Camp, Living Off the Grid, Become a Health Conscious Cook, and so much more. We're also developing a hands-on educational curriculum that can be implemented into the school's curriculum, community or faith-based organization.
Science and Sustainability Curriculum
Whether a keynote speaker or conference facilitator, we have a wide-range of professionals available for speaking engagements and presentations in the fields of clean renewable energy, wellness & nutrition education, eco-art as a therapeutic practice, urban agriculture, climate change/climate resiliency, water filtration.