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Newark USA

A fotojournal about LIVING in Newark USA, New Jersey's largest and most cultured city, by the author of the foto-essay website RESURGENCE CITY: Newark USA.

Friday, July 01, 2011

'Farming' near Lincoln Park, Gardening in Riverbank Park; Free Museums

Only the façade of the historic South Park (no, not that South Park) Presbyterian Church stands today, and marks the eastern edge of the Farm. Abraham Lincoln spoke on the church's steps on February 21st, 1861. The church's name derived from the nearby triangular public plaza, then called South Park, one of the original three triangular parks touching on Broad Street, along with Military and Washington Parks 3/4 of a mile to the north. After the President's assassination, the southernmost park was renamed for Lincoln. The liting in this picture, with sunlite flooding from behind the church façade, was difficult for my camera, but I didn't know when I'd be back to show it with the sun behind me.

An urban-farming project near Lincoln Park is beginning what I think is its second year of operation. Unlike the church on Ferry Street that has a flat-topped, low platform where a tall, pointy steeple used to be, the two towers of South Park Presbyterian had only a short, windowed lantern topped by a decorative knob.

Lincoln Park Coast [a puzzling term, given Lincoln Park's geographical location] Cultural District (LPCCD) is proud to announce the kick-off of the Lincoln Park Community Farm 2011 season starting July 6 - October 2011. The Lincoln Park Community Farm, located at 18 Beecher St. behind the church facade on Lincoln Park and Broad St. [less than one block from cWOW], is Newark's leading source for affordable fresh organic produce grown right in the City. The Lincoln Park Community Farm provides families, residents and local employees low-cost membership in the farm for only $20. Each member receives a plentiful share of a variety of fresh produce. Become a member today, call Rob. W at 973-732-4003; email robw@lpccd.org; or visit www.LPCCD.org to download the application.

Flexible membership options and delivery are available. Now Lincoln Park Community Farm is offering the flexibility of buying produce once a month, every other week, or every week. Lincoln Park neighborhood residents can even have their produce delivered at home for only $5.

Lincoln Park Community Farm has expanded the variety of produce grown! The NEW selection of vegetables and herbs includes: Beans, Snow Peas, Sugar Snap, Cabbage (purple ["red"] and green), Chard, Cucumbers, Eggplants, Kale, Leeks, Mustard Greens, Peppers (green, yellow, and red bell; Anaheim Chile; Cayenne; Sweet Hungarian), Tomatoes, Zucchini, Leafy Greens: Red, Green, and Oak Lettuce, Arugula, Bok Choy, Watercress, Potatoes, Yams, Onions, Horse Radishes, Turnips, Carrots, Beets, Herbs: Sage, Lemon Thyme, Parsley, Basil, Cilantro, Oregano, Mint, Lemon Balm, and Rosemary.

"The Lincoln Park Community Farm offers Newark's residents, families and workers access to high quality, nutritious food that is often not available or affordable at local supermarkets. Plus our farm is downtown so you can easily walk, ride or bike here," says Baye Adofo-Wilson, Executive Director of LPCCD.

18 Beecher Street, Newark, NJ. One block from Lincoln Park, just behind the church facade on Lincoln Park and Broad Street.

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Watch our 2010 launch video on Newark Mosaic.
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Read more from The Star Ledger of July 22nd, 2010.

Gardening Days in Riverbank Park. This Saturday and next are July's Gardening Days in the Ironbound. This graffic shows the entire schedule for this year.

Free Museums. On the first full weekend (Saturday and Sunday) of the month, Bank of America accords to its credit- and debit-cardholders free admission to over 150 museums nationwide. I haven't been to the Montclair Art Museum in a couple of years, nor to the Morris Museum, which are both participating institutions. In Newark, the Newark Museum participates both days, and Aljira participates on Saturdays (it is closed Sundays, which is quite unusual for a museum). In total, there are 7 participating institutions in 6 NJ cities. I have never been to the Liberty Science Center. Is it a children's museum? In any event, I think there's no free parking nearby, but will have to check that out someday, if LSC is not a children's museum. The Newark Museum sometimes has a reciprocal day or weekend with LSC, whereby NuMu's members get in free to LSC and LSC members get in free to NuMu, so I don't have to go on Bank of America weekends.

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