Newark Urban Farm Alliance

UPDATE

Next Meeting at the Greater Newark Conservancy HQ

Saturday April 16, 2016 945AM

Gardeners and Advocates – see you there!!

It is long overdue that the various independent, self-starter, compassion-filled Newark Urban Farmers came together into a network with real purpose and efficacy – an Alliance! This Alliance is among all of our myriad urban farm and sustainability types here in the Newark, NJ. From large farms within big non-profit community organizations, all the way to tiny school gardens, to even volunteers or users of a single garden plot. The good part is that this work has already begun between many of us already!

Join us in conversation and in our shared work of greening, feeding, teaching and peace-spreading in our city! PSH and friends are seeding this network right now and it will begin to sprout in Spring 2016.

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What can a network such as this do? Here are some of the ideas from the first meeting Saturday December 12, 2015:

  • Create a planning and policy identity and presence  – A single unique urban farm is important to its small neighborhood; Urban Farms as a total group are an indispensable part of the land use pattern of a sustainable, safe and healthy Newark
  •  Articulate, discuss and actualize shared goals of many or all of the urban farms – not limited to:
    • Growing healthy food and providing food access
    • Education and exposure to food and nature
    • Spaces of peace, compassion and inclusive community
    • Basis for grass-roots entrepreneurship
  • Articulate, discuss and solve shared challenges of many or all of the urban farms – not limited to:
    • Land tenure
    • Quality control of soil and food
    • Safety, litter, parking and other public realm concerns
    • Logistics and sales of locally grown food, soil, etc.
    • Labor needs
  • Specifically assess the viability of and likely pursue both a Community Land Trust (a non-profit entity designed to preserve land for the common good of the community) and a Co-operative Business (an entity that is collectively owned and operated by its members for mutual benefit)
  • Begin to focus our Alliance on how to help each other – including work together on specific projects, collecting better data, acquiring supplies in bulk, etc. – so we can help each neighborhood, and in turn help the City of Newark as a whole.

 

Featuring: Our special guest Elizabeth Carter

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Elizabeth Carter

Promoting Cooperative Initiatives Through Community Transactional Lawyering and Community Planning in New Jersey and New York

Elizabeth is a recent graduate from Rutgers University School of Law-Newark where she focused her studies on community development legal issues and Rutgers University Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy where she holds a Masters in Community and Regional Planning with a particular focus on urban and community development. In addition, Elizabeth received a Bachelors of Arts with honors from the University of Michigan in Afro-American and African Studies, Political Science, and a minor in Philosophy. She wrote a senior honors thesis analyzing the causes of the the mass incarceration rates of African-Americans within the criminal justice system and highlighted the implications of these causes on criminal responsibility and agency. This thesis inspired her to pursue a law career in community development where she aim to increase the agency of urban communities through cooperative initiatives.

Elizabeth has also written articles promoting cooperative initiatives, including her most recent law review article in the Southwestern Law Review where she highlights the limitations of the broader political economy at advancing community economic development in low-income communities and instead, suggests that low-income communities, with the support of community transactional law and community planning, develop an alternative economy in order to promote self-sufficiency and productivity. Elizabeth is a Legal Fellow at the Sustainable Economies Law Center.

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