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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.

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?”

Kameron Helps Out

 

Just the other day, 12-year-old Kameron (with a K, he will tell you), a kid from around the corner who has been keeping a close eye on our work, showed up at our lot with a head full of questions and a real enthusiasm to help out. Since then he’s been doing pretty much everything there is to do, from staking and tying tomatoes to attempting to drag bags of soil that might be a little bit bigger than he is. He was even taking control of the business side of things, when he was helping to plant our latest pumpkin patch and determined that “with 8 seedlings with an average of 5 pumpkins per plant, we will have 40 pumpkins for Halloween!” Easily now the most charming member of our team, it has been a real pleasure to have him, and his scores of friends who stop by to see what’s going on, around.