With the generous help of The Victoria Foundation, Friends of Fairmount’s Green Spaces, Groundwork Elizabeth, The Nature Conservancy, and LISC Network we have launched our new #EveryoneGetsAGarden project in the Fairmount Heights neighborhood of Newark.
Serving up to 100 families in this Newark community, the #EveryoneGetsaGarden program is helping to teach valuable skills and sustainable gardening practices. These families are given the resources and tools they need to start their own home garden and are able to join a community of like-minded individuals from their neighborhood to learn how to grow their own produce with the help of local experts through virtual learning initiatives.
Program participants also receive a farm share bag weekly with fresh organic produce or farmers market voucher worth $20.
If you are from the Fairmount Heights Neighborhood and are interested in participating fill out this survey!
Meet the Teachers!
Charmaine La Fortuna, the founder of the Giving One-Tenth Garden, is a steadfast community garden organizer whose vision began 15 years ago when she moved to Newark and discovered a shortage of organic food in her neighborhood. Her garden focuses on locally grown food that is accessible for community members and to provide green spaces for families and children to grow and eat organically grown produce.
Keven Porter and Arelis Hernandez, who founded the Rabbit Hole Farm in 2013, are experienced farmers that work to bring awareness to the importance of growing one's own food. They started their farm through the Adopt-A-Lot program as a response to the crime they saw in their neighborhood. Since then Rabbit Hole Farm has evolved into an essential part of their community, serving as a healing garden, hosting herbal classes, cooking programs, yoga workshops, drum circles, and anything else the community wants!
Akoth Ambugo is a steward from Green Oasis Village, a green space in Newark that promotes community gardening and play to share in the magic that is nature. Akoth has long been a partner with Greater Newark Conservancy, helping to teach the Newark community about growing produce and appreciating nature!