EAST ORANGE, NJ - The East Orange Sustainable Food Alliance (EOSFA) is made up of a group of institutions, professionals, community leaders and organizers leveraging their collective resources to impact the City’s food ecosystem. The aim is to foster East Orange as a food producing community so that value is placed on the delivery of healthy and nutritional food options. The Alliance member organizations include:
Rutgers Cooperative Extension Program, VA Health Care System, New Jersey, Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges, Newark Science and Sustainability, Newton Brown Urban Design, Pat Hall & Associates and the City of East Orange
Since October 2017, EOSFA has held monthly meetings to work on developing strategies for an East Orange Urban Farm. These strategies are designed to assist the residents of East Orange with the organization, design, construction, and ongoing processes for a sustainable urban farming enterprise.
The proposal for the Park Avenue site (nestled between Woodland and Glenwood Avenues) is an incubator for a new generation of agricultural pioneers. The plan is to use bio diversity to paint a living portrait of an integrated agricultural design, horticulture & landscaping, commercial urban farming, hydroponics and aquaponics (year-round), rainwater collection and community gardening.
Other initiatives in EOSFA’s arsenal include the seasonal East Orange Farmers Market at City Hall Plaza, a proposed Mobile Farmers Market which will be dispatched to sections of the City deemed a food desert, as well as senior centers, playgrounds and community events, a membership driven Community Supported Agriculture Shares (CSAs) program, along with Horticulture Training and Gardener Assistance. The aim is to engage the residents of East Orange to re-examine its’ relationship with food and to become an active participant in sourcing their own.
Funding is being sought through Urban Agriculture grant opportunities, strategic partnerships and crowd funding. The success of the farm project will deliver to East Orange the largest urban farm in the State of New Jersey.
The driving mantra for EOSFA is “Cities have the capability to provide something for everybody. This is achieved only because, and only when they are created by everybody.” Those interested in getting involved in this valuable community asset are encouraged to connect with the East Orange Sustainable Food Alliance at www.eosfa.com.