The Lincoln Park neighborhood has been a diverse community for more than 100 years and it has historically been a community of activism. In 1861, while on his way to his first inauguration, Abraham Lincoln spoke on the steps of the South Park Calvary Presbyterian Church, the first racially integrated church in Newark. The property was individually listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1972 as a significant example of Greek Revival style architecture exhibited in the facade which features an entrance portico with four large Ionic columns and twin circular colonnaded towers after historic precedents including the ancient Choragic monument of Lysicrates at Athens, Greece. The South Park Calvary Presbyterian Church burned down in 1992, and all that remains is the Facade.
“The restoration of the Facade is one of the most exciting projects I have ever worked on,” Wilson says. “Our goal is to create a portal into the Lincoln Park community, a gateway for downtown Newark and a symbol of rebirth in Newark.”Planning for the restoration of the Facade, which includes stone restoration, landscaping, fencing, lighting and the development of a performance stage began in Summer 2012.
LPCCD also wants the Façade! to participate in increasing healthy eating habits in the Lincoln Park neighborhood. Through weekly curated spring, summer and fall music programming, the Façade! will showcase emerging local artist in the genres of hip-hop, house, gospel, jazz, rock, blues and neo-soul while simultaneously being a location during these performances for people who live, work or worship in the Lincoln Park community to pick up their community supported agriculture (CSA) food shares from the vegetables grown on site and recipes for preparing this food.
LPCCD plans on going into construction this fall on the Façade! and will start scheduling events and programs in 2013. If you are interested in performing at the Façade! next year or if you are interested in supporting the Façade! financially please email me at email@example.com or Anthony Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lincoln Park Community Farm’s mission is to be a leader in fresh food initiatives for urban cities in NJ. We will grow affordable, seasonal food for our community to promote healthy living. We see the vision of the farm in conjunction with the overall Lincoln Park neighborhood, and we believe that food and individual wellness are essential to revitalizing the neighborhood as a whole.
The Lincoln Park Community Farm (LPCF) project started in 2008 and was launched in the Summer of 2010. LPCF plays a quintessential role within a larger initiative to transform a low-income area in Newark, NJ from blighted lots into an sustainable arts community. In keeping with our slogan, “We Are Our Own Agents of Change,” we began growing affordable, non-chemically treated produce in the city of Newark– a place where finding fresh, affordable produce is rare. Our farm is at the forefront in leading the fresh food initiatives in Newark, NJ, and we will continue to grow and provide low-cost, seasonal foods for our community.
Our Farming Process
LPCF grows its produce on a 1/3 acre lot in the City of Newark through a combination of farming techniques. We raise our crops in above ground containers and raised beds utilizing fresh, non-chemically treated soil. In addition, we cultivate our leafy greens hydroponically without soil. Through an experimental non circulating suspended pot method, we are developing an urban specific growing methodology with the help of a colleague at the University of Hawaii.
What We Produce
We provide seasonal and quality produce. Below you can find a list of vegetables and herbs that will be sold each month.
Vegetables: Beans, Snow Peas, Sugar Snap, Cabbage (purple & green), Chard, Cucumbers, Eggplants, Kale, Leeks, Mustard Greens, Peppers (green, yellow, and red bell; Anaheim Chile; Cayenne; Sweet Hungarian), Tomatoes, Zucchini
Hydroponic Leafy Greens: Red, Green, and Oak Lettuce; Arugula; Bok Choy; Watercress
Root Vegetables: Potatoes, Yams, Onions, Horse Radishes, Turnips, Carrots, Beets
Herbs: Sage, Lemon Thyme, Parsley, Basil, Cilantro, Oregano, Mint, Lemon Balm, Rosemary
Locating The Farm
We are located on 18 Beecher St, Newark NJ 07102 one block from Lincoln Park just behind the church facade.
Driving directions from Newark Penn Station
1. Make a left onto Raymond Blvd.
2. Proceed to Broad St.
3. Make a left onto Broad St.
4. Turn right onto West Kinney St.
5. Quick first left onto Beecher St.
We are located just behind the church facade. “We’d love to see you!”