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Summer Round Up

Welcome back! It sure has been a while, and we apologize for slacking a little bit in the update department. Don’t worry though, we have kept busy, focusing our attention on our beautiful tomato, pepper, and eggplant harvest, our first neighborhood and restaurant sales, and even the addition of our new rooftop site, with views of all of Newark and even New York City.

Billy Haberthur was one of our earliest supporters, back when our farm was still an empty lot, and without him and his forklift we may not have even been able to unload our first potting soil.

Ever since, we’ve been using his office at North American Facilities Group as a make shift office and podcast studio. Even more recently he offered us his rooftop, already replete with chairs, grills, an inflatable pool, and ceramic full size cows. We have just begun to see the cauliflower, collard greens, and varieties of lettuce and spinach start to take off. It even made it onto the cover of Newark Live, a Star-Ledger creation.

Back on the original Lincoln Park site, we have been nearly overrun with our vegetables coming into their full maturity. The unique heirlooms and delicious hybrids have been a wonderful addition to our harvest, as local restauranteur Dan from Arturo’s, a great Italian restaurant offering authentic fare, has taken note and began to take whatever tomatoes we can offer him.

Lastly, there are a few people who we couldn’t have done without. Our friend Tom Venezia from County to County Landscaping has been an invaluable source of knowledge and expertise, and his son Tommy spent many days down on the farm with us.

Our super volunteer Belinda, whom we met at the Lincoln Park Music Festival has spent three full days a week for the past month, and has become an integral part of our efforts.

Our First Harvest!

It seems like just yesterday that we were shoveling dirt and sowing the first seeds. Plants sure do grow up quick, and over the last few days we’ve been doing our best to keep up with the zucchini, yellow squash, peppers (both hot and sweet), and basil that are dying to be eaten. Just today, we harvested our very first cucumber, which is on it’s way to a much needed salad on a scorching July afternoon. Our neighbor Francisco also stopped by to help us harvest some of the vegetables, and take some home too.



Also, Ken Walker from The Daily Newarker, and his cute as can be daughter Dahlia came by to check out the farm and take a few photos. The Daily Newarker is a wonderful blog that is doing its best to inform the public of many of the positive things going on in Newark. We want to thank Ken for thinking enough of us to include BCUF in his weblog.


Councilman Ronald C. Rice Visits the Farm



Upon opening the gate to the Farm, West Ward Councilman Ron Rice was instantly moved by what he saw: varieties of peppers (he prefers sweet), rows of corn (“growing in Newark?!”, which is the nearly universal response), lettuce, herbs, a pumpkin patch, and a field of tomatoes. “Wow! And you can do this on rooftops too? How do we bring this to the West Ward?”