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Plot It Fresh

PLEASE NOTE: Due to COVID-19, and for the safety of our community and staff, we have revised our Plot It Fresh protocols.  All gardeners must wear masks covering their mouth & nose; everyone must maintain strict social distancing rules.  For the complete listing of all new Plot It Fresh protocols, please click here.

Please email with any questions or to get on the waiting list if you are a Newark South Ward Resident.  


Plant your own productive vegetable garden to nourish your body as well as your spirit!

By adopting one of our garden plots, community members can spend time outside in the sunshine, work with their hands and their community to produce beautiful—and bountiful—fresh food gardens. For an annual rental fee, our Plot It Fresh program provides local residents with gardening and farming education, as well as access to gardening space in Newark. As part of the Plot It Fresh programs, gardeners receive startup materials, such as seeds, technical gardening assistance, and access to educational workshops.

In addition to the immediate benefit of learning new skills in farming, Plot It Fresh members will be able to provide healthy, fresh produce fresh for their family while saving on their grocery budget—a gratifying experience all around!

To view Plot It Fresh Hawthorne Avenue Farm Handbook click here! 

Opening April 5th with the following hours:

Monday: 10 am - 1 pm

Tuesday: TBD

Wednesday: 10 am - 1 pm

Thursday: TBD

Friday: 10 am - 1 pm

Saturday: 10 am - 1 pm

Sunday: 10 am - 1 pm

Garden Hours

Our community gardens are closed for the winter season. The Plot It Fresh season runs from March 15 to November 15, weather permitting. 

Our Locations

Our Hawthorne Avenue Farm is located at 446 Hawthorne Ave and is accessible during set hours when a staff member is present. The farm boasts 232 4' x 8' individually-rented raised beds and a shared picnic area.

Our Smith Street Garden is located at 144 Smith Street and is open dawn to dusk. The garden contains 27 raised beds of various sizes and a shared herb garden which is maintained by Greater Newark Conservancy. 

Registration Event

Renewing Renters: Pre-register for the 2021 growing season beginning November 2nd, 2020

New Applicants: Register beginning January 1st, 2020

To register, please email this completed form to or mailing a printed, filled out copy to the Greater Newark Conservancy (32 Prince St, Newark, NJ 07103). Payment will be collected after registration closes and beds are finalized.

***Registration will close on February 23rd, 2021 for all applicants***


Location Requested (pick one):  Plot fees for the 2021 season are $15 for 4’ x 8’ plots and $8 4’ x 4’ plots at either:                                               

  • Hawthorne Ave.
  • FarmSmith St.   
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