Thursday July 30
10am – 3pm
Meet at Newark Penn Station
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Transportation during the tour will be provided, and lunch will be served
Attention funders of food and health, urban farming, community development, environmental justice, youth and young adults, and
Meet Robin Dougherty, Executive Director of the Conservancy. We will visit two of their urban farms to learn from youth how they grow, harvest and sell affordable produce to neighborhood residents, and to speak with young adults participating in the re-entry workforce training program.
Meet Drew Curtis, Director of Community Development and Environmental Justice at Ironbound. Tour their gardens and farm, and learn about the enormous new AeroFarms vertical gardens now under construction. AeroFarms staff and young adults trained by Ironbound and employed at AeroFarms will tell us about their work.
Enjoy lunch with Dr. Hanaa Hamdi, Director of the City’s Department of Health and Wellness, who will describe the City’s ambitious food initiatives and share her research and recommendations for Newark.
Hear from Stephanie Greenwood, Program Officer at Victoria Foundation, and two local gardeners, about gardening in neighborhoods across Newark.
This is a funder-only event
Co-sponsored by CFF and the Council of New Jersey Grantmakers
More about the presenting organizations
Greater Newark Conservancy promotes environmental stewardship to improve the quality of life in New Jersey’s urban communities. We achieve our mission through our inter-related program areas: Environmental Education, Community Greening & Urban Agriculture, Environmental Justice, and Job Training.
Ironbound Community Corporation’s mission is to engage and empower individuals, families and groups in realizing their aspirations and, together, work to create a just, vibrant and sustainable community. ICC is animated by a core group of values, including: accountability, mutual respect, caring, commitment to excellence, and fairness and transparency.
Victoria Foundation is a private grantmaking institution, which was founded in 1924 by Mr. Hendon Chubb in honor of his mother, Victoria Eddis Chubb. Since the early 1960’s the Foundation’s trustees have targeted giving to programs that impact the cycle of poverty in Newark, New Jersey. In the 1970’s, a second priority was initiated to protect the environment throughout the state of New Jersey. Within Newark, funded projects address K-12 education reform, neighborhood revitalization, and strengthening youth and families.