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.”
Once listed as one of New Jersey’s most endangered historic sites, the emergency stabilization work on the Facade was completed in 2011. 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.
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
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Facts
What is CSA?
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a food distributing system that provides seasonal produce to local communities. It is a community of individuals who pledge support to a farm operation so that the farmland becomes the communities farm, with the grower and consumers providing mutual support and sharing the risks and benefits of food production.
How Does CSA Work?
In exchange for community participants purchasing a share (aka “membership”), which helps to cover the production costs of the farm, a farmer will supply the participant with a bundle of vegetables and perhaps other options such as fruits and herbs.
Sample Food Share at LPCF
Food shares vary depending on the time of the year. Please see what we produce for a full list of potential share bundles. A sample food share MAY include:
Bundle, Kale, Collards, Beets, 2 lbs tomatoes, 2 lbs peppers, 3 heads of various lettuce, spinach, Bunch of herbs, 3 eggplants, Bag of beans and Carrots
Cost of The Shares
$10 per share
Shares are available weekly
Share Pick-Up Schedule
Please bring your ID card with you when picking up your shares at the office.
Become a Greater Newark Conservancy and Lincoln Park Community Farm CSA member
Membership is on a rolling basis. Anyone can join at anytime. For any questions regarding your shares, please call Justin or Sarah from Greater Newark Conservancy at 973.642.4646. You may pick up your bag(s) of delicious fruits and vegetables every Thursday between 4PM-7PM at 450 Washington Street in Newark, New Jersey. For any questions regarding picking up your shares, please call Mozell from LPCCD at 973.732.4006.
Become A Member
To become a member and purchase your shares via credit card:
- Go to www.citybloom.org
- Click on the “Donate” button at the middle of your screen
- Enter credit card payment information
- Click review donation
- Click ‘add special instructions to the seller” and type ‘LPCCD CSA’
- Click enter
For members who would like to purchase your shares via cash or check:
- Make cash or check payable to City Bloom. Payments must be received by Mozell at 450 Washington St. Newark, NJ 07102.
- Please make purchase no later than noon of each Friday. Prepayment for multiple weeks highly recommended.
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!”
News and Events
Attend and Support Our Community Events and Workshops
Check out the LPCCD event calendar for updates
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