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Have you started your back-to-school shopping? Target has awesome school supplies at great prices. Planning a Labor Day celebration with your family? Target carries a full line of snacks and food to meet your party needs. Whatever you need, you can find it at Target, and through September 30th, your Target run can benefit Greater Newark Conservancy and your community through our participation in the Target Circle program!

Summer is a busy time here at Greater Newark Conservancy! As we begin to reopen our grounds and relaunch our programs, we're busier than ever with some brand new partnerships and events taking place at our Outdoor Learning Center.

During these uncertain times getting fresh and healthy produce has become more important than ever. As members of the Newark community, Greater Newark Conservancy strives to provide resources and access to healthy produce options, especially from local and urban farms. This year, we're once again excited to be partnering with the Urban Agriculture Cooperative, an organization dedicated to connecting local growers to urban consumers to improve and empower the local food economy.

Greater Newark Conservancy Welcomes Ian J. Benjamin as Interim Executive Director.

Robin L. Dougherty to leave Greater Newark Conservancy after 22 years of service.

Greater Newark Conservancy (the Conservancy) announces a $100,000 gift from Prudential Foundation Inc. (Prudential), the philanthropic arm of Prudential Financial. The funding will support the Conservancy’s food security programs, including the COVID-19 Emergency Food Distribution effort, along with programs and activities at the Conservancy’s Hawthorne Avenue Farm.

This year, for Black History Month, we highlighted Black artists, environmentalists, food activists, and community-builders from Newark and around the world. By devoting a day to each honoree we hope to bring light to the amazing accomplishments of these pioneers. As members of the Newark community, we recognize the importance of giving recognition to important figures in the environmental sector who have shaped and are shaping a more just, verdant, and vibrant world. Although we are wrapping up this one month that is designated Black History Month, we know that Black history is American history and should be honored year-round.

Join us in celebrating these individuals. From everyone at Greater Newark Conservancy, Happy Black History Month!

Greater Newark Conservancy joins with four community partners to create an emergency response to food insecurity for Newark seniors during the pandemic.

On a gray and chilly late-January day at the Hawthorne Avenue Farm in Newark, New Jersey, there isn’t much greenery in sight. But in just a few months’ time, everything will look very different. Tomato and cucumber vines will stretch and curl around the hoop house frame. The trees will flower and then teem with peaches, pears, plums, apples, and two different types of cherries.

January is for new beginnings, and we’re happy to welcome these three outstanding community members to our Board of Trustees. We're energized to watch them propel the Conservancy to new heights!

As an environmental and educational nonprofit, we believe it’s important to involve youth in the development of their community. That’s why we partnered with Rutgers University – Newark through the Off-Campus Community Service Program (OCCSP) to provide two Federal Work Study (FWS) opportunities for college students. This program enables us to better serve the Newark community while preparing students for the future.

Every winter we host a holiday party for our board members and staff to mingle and share their favorite parts of the year. This year’s party was bittersweet as it marked Neal Zimmermann’s retirement from our board.

  • United Airlines
    United Airlines
  • Bank of America
  • Prudential
    Prudential
  • Victoria Foundation
    Victoria Foundation
  • The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation
    The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation
  • The Healthcare Foundation of NJ
    The Healthcare Foundation of NJ
  • FMKirby
  • Horizon Foundation
    Horizon Foundation
  • PSEG
    PSEG
  • Whole Cities
    Whole Cities
  • Investors Foundation
    Investors Foundation
  • ShopRite Newark
    ShopRite Newark
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Stone Foundation of New Jersey
  • Tito's Handmade
    Tito's Handmade
  • Wakefern Food Corp