NEWARK, NJ - A grant from the Whole Cities Foundation, one of several charitable foundations supported by Whole Foods Market, will benefit Greater Newark Conservancy’s Court Street Urban Farm through the purchase and installation of a new irrigation system.  The farm, along with other urban farms and community gardens in Newark managed by the Conservancy, produces thousands of pounds of organically managed, healthy produce to support better health and nutrition among community members. The Foundation selected this project in Newark to commemorate the grand opening of a new Whole Foods Market scheduled to open in Newark’s Downtown District in 2017.

The mission of the Whole Cities Foundation is to promote access to fresh, healthy foods in cities with barriers to better nutrition by supporting urban farms and gardens led by community-based organizations creating hyper-local sources of nutritious produce, offering nutritional education programs and contributing to collaborations and partnerships that benefit the communities they serve.

Founded in 1987, Greater Newark Conservancy’s mission is to promote environmental stewardship to improve the quality of life in New Jersey’s urban communities through environmental education, community gardening, urban farming, beautification of neighborhoods, job training and environmental justice.

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