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SWAG Project is an Urban Farm, Food Justice and Community Building project in the Weequahic district of Newark, NJ Mission SWAG Project uses urban agriculture in the South Ward of Newark to create strong bonds of community among a diverse team of people who all care deeply about health and food justice. In addition, our diverse team helps impact the neighborhood by educating students and neighbors and by restoring and farming under-utilized urban spaces. Company Overview Planting Seeds of Hope is an initiative of The Fund for an Open Society. Fund is focused on building and sustaining racially and socioeconomically integrated communities; and -following that goal - PSH initiatives use urban agriculture as a way to create common bonds between diverse people. The project is run as a partnership between the Planting Seeds of Hope, Amplify Consulting and the local community. Amplify is an urban planning and anti- hunger consultancy focused on using food as a tool for community development. Description SWAG Project is an Urban Farm, Food Justice and Community Building project in the South Ward of Newark. We are dedicated to providing community food access and increasing educational and economic opportunities for local residents. We provide fresh and healthy foods to the local community of Newark's South Ward and work to empower residents to take control of their local food system and health. The farm and community center is open to all local residents and visitors as a place to relax or volunteer. Participation in all our events is welcome and we invite all local residents and members of local schools and universities to get involved. We have regular volunteer and open gardening days, as well as harvest and shared community meals. Starting in fall the site will also offer community nutrition and cooking courses, as well as information on food justice and empowerment. The site was generously donated by First Tabernacle to the local community and schools as a place of learning, environmental sustainability, and for the production of local fresh foods. The project is run as a partnership between the non-profit Planting Seeds of Hope, Amplify consulting, the First Tabernacle team, and local residents! We partner with both local schools, Peshine Avenue School and TEAM Charter, as well as multiple other city offices, local non-profits and businesses and university teams! Email or FB message us to learn about the Farmer's Market, Volunteering, Enrichment Visits, Events, or Contributions.

Fall Farmer’s Markets

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The freshest food, directly from and supporting of SWAG and other local urban and family farmers (Couer et Sol, Green Community Garden, Rabbit Hole Farm, Old Village Farm)

Tuesday 12pm-7pm, East Orange City Hall Plaza

Thursday 11am-4pm, Newark Beth Israel Hospital Lobby

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Farm and Market Now Open

Hello Again, South Newark!

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Dr. Q, Emilio and our dear friend Amarilys (Garden of Worker Bees, Food Corps.) at the Jersey Cares awards dinner 2016 where SWAG Project won Community Project of the Year!

599291_420280361405979_240156891_nOur farms at 343 Meeker Ave + 438-440 Peshine Ave are now open for the summer!

Check out our social media on the contacts page for updates about all the great things happening. Or stop over and say hello, and discuss how you can be involved in changing yourself, your City and the food system!

Volunteer hours are from 10am-1pm every Monday and Wednesday, you must register here through Jersey Cares.

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Jamie Bruno is an artist, gardener and educator living in Newark, NJ. She has worked in urban agriculture for five years, primarily in Farm to School projects, garden education and on site compost management. Currently Jamie is a Resident Artist with the Lower Raritan Watershed Partnership and CoLAB Arts in New Brunswick, NJ. She is excited to be working with SWAG Project as the Senior Market Manager.

The market is open at Beth Israel Hospital, main lobby on Lyons Avenue from 11am-4pm every Thursday.

(We will not hold our usual on-site farm stand at SWAG this summer, but may pop up again this fall.)

And stay tuned for our re-vamped farm share prepay program, the most affordable way to get a weekly supply of our fresh, clean produce supplemented with fruit and special items from other NJ family farms. This year we are bringing back the shares in a smaller quantity at the best possible price while maintaining variety and quality.

A special thanks to our generous donors including Charity Service Center; and to the Whole Cities Foundation, Slow Foods Northern NJ, the City of Newark Adopt-a-Lot program, TEAM Academy, Peshine Avenue School, First Tabernacle Newark, Jersey Cares, TuckrBox, the Newark Urban Ag Alliance, Greater Newark Conservancy, Rutgers University and all of our other outstanding corporate, institutional and local supporters, family and friends.

 

SWAG Project Pilot CSA 2015

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SWAG Project is super excited to announce its 2015 trial CSA program that lets us bring you a fixed box of beautiful fall veggies! Please see the overview below,and contact us to join the program!
How our CSA will work
Our CSA or Community Sourced Agriculture share program will run for 5 weeks, starting in October and going through mid Nov.
Dates: October 16th, October 23, October 30, November 6, and (maybe) November 13.
Each person who signs up will get a fixed ‘share’ or box/bag of seasonal fall fruits and vegetables (and some other specialty items when possible).  Each CSA share will be a mix of 7-10 items. There will be a mix of roots, greens, tubers, fruits, etc.  While there will be some overlapping items week to week, some items will change throughout the CSA.  Share size will be between 8-15 lbs depending on the items included each week.  All shareholders will receive the same items as their fellow shareholders and the box will be fixed each week.  Items will change week to week.
What produce can I expect from this CSA
At SWAG we are focused on local, organic (or Biodynamic, sustainably grown, IPM) products.  We are in the North East and the growing season here will dictate what is available.  We want people to have a mix of items they can cook with and be excited about.  This year, we expect to include a mix of some of the following items each week:
Kale, Chard, Collards, Lettuce, Cabbage
Carrots, Beets, Parsnip, Kohlrabi, Fennel
Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes
Onions, Garlic, Leeks
Eggplant, Peppers (in October perhaps)
Squash (butternut, Acorn, Spaghetti, etc)
Fruit: Apple, Pear, Quince, Grapes
Specialty: Mushrooms, Honey, Grains, Juices, etc.
Some of this produce will come from our farm and some will come from other partner farms across NJ.
COST
Each share will cost $20/week. CASH only please.
Shares will be paid for the week BEFORE they are picked up. People interested in joining will ‘sign-up’ with swag no later than Oct 7th. The first payment will be made no later than Oct 9th.  We are asking that all people who sign up for the CSA commit to the first two weeks/shares. 
Ongoing payment will be made at pickup.  Shareholders who want a share the following week will need to bring payment for the next week/share to the market at the time they are picking up their current share. EG: Shareholders picking up a share on the 16th will bring the $20 for the following week (Oct 23rd) share, and the same for following weeks.
PICKUP
Friday’s between 12pm – 5:30pm you will be able to pick up your ‘share’ from the market at SWAG.
Rainy-day pick-up will be inside the tabernacle building.
If you cannot make the pickup, please arrange to have someone else collect it for you.  This person can also make a payment on your behalf for the next week.
COMMENTS!
If you want to be in the CSA, please email us (swagprojectnewark@gmail.com) no later that Oct 7th and bring payment to the SWAG farm stand no later than Oct 9th (Friday).  As mentioned above, we are asking people to commit to the first two weeks. It will be $20 due at that time and $20 due at the first pickup (payment after that will be on a weekly basis)
 
 
You can copy and paste the below if you are signing up for the CSA
I want to participate in the SWAG 2014 CSA
Name:
Phone Number:
Email:
Please answer the following questions if you sign up for the CSA
1) Name 1 to 3 Fall items you would be excited to cook with!
2) Name 1 Fall item you would not like to receive (if there is one).
3) Please let us know if you would be interested in also receiving cheese or meat products for an additional charge (if we have enough interest we will let people know in advance what the item will be and the additional cost.)
Cheers
SWAG Team

Join us for Operation Cleanup

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Operation Cleanup – Love your neighborhood and your city!

Please join our community partners at Newark SAS on Saturday, April 25, 2015 for a neighborhood cleanup celebration in honor of Earth Day!   Nobody likes to live in an area filled with trash and all types of pollution so this year we’re collaborating with local communities, faith institutions and businesses to make our neighborhoods happier, cleaner places!

You can lend a helping hand by volunteering, spreading the word, or donating supplies or light refreshments as a means to support the beautification of your neighborhood. We are inviting all residents to either help organize a cleanup in their own neighborhood or join a group at a location listed below.  Events will run from 10am to 2pm.

Be the change you want to see in the world, and bring a friend or family member with you.

Newark

Alnisa Miller, Organizer  973.391.3961  alnisamiller@gmail.com

Brenda Anderson, Office of Recycling  973.733.3861  andersonb@ci.newark.nj.us

Tobias A. Fox, Organizer  646.399.0337  tobiasfox1@gmail.com

Meeting location: 385 South Orange Ave.

 

Orange

Angie Smith, Organizer  973.280.4049  angiesmith.as@gmail.com

Meeting Location: Orange Public Library, 348 Main St.

East Orange

Najah Amatul–Ali 973.234.3635 or ummzainab2@yahoo.com

Royston Allman 973.380.7238

Meeting Locations:

The Jersey Explorer Children’s Museum, 192 Dodd Street

Masjid As-Habul Yameen, 224 N. 18th Street

Open Positions at SWAG Project

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The SWAG Project farm team is excited to offer various seasonal internship opportunities this growing season to students and community members interested in taking an initial step into the world of urban farming and community development. Please see the list below and attached descriptions.

– Communications + Social Media Intern: Communications Internship_SWAG 2015

– Market + Farm Intern: Farm and Market Internship_SWAG 2015

– Community Outreach + Volunteer Coordinator: Community Outreach Coordinator_SWAG 2015

Please review the description and send a resume and cover letter with the heading ‘Position Name – Your Name’ to swagprojectnewark@gmail.com

Although the opportunities are unpaid positions, these experiences will provide participants with a fundamental understanding of key issues in our food system and their relationship to urban agriculture, helping interns to develop and hone the necessary skills and knowledge required for employment in the non-profit, community development and food system sectors. We will work with any student’s academic institution to assist the individual in receiving college credit if possible, or pay a small stipend for transportation costs.