Down Bottom Farms is the newest and largest addition to Ironbound Community Corporation’s Urban Agriculture Program. Located on a half acre of land at the corner of Ferry and St.Charles Streets, the farm boasts a 30ft. x 72ft. Hoop house, a fruit tree orchard consisting of apple, pear and peach trees, blueberry and strawberry patches, a growing urban vineyard, and murals and community art pieces.
After an extensive neighborhood planning process, ICC developed a lease agreement with the City of Newark and the New Jersey School Development Authority and the site has evolved from an abandoned and contaminated freight rail yard into a community asset through the collaborative efforts of ICC staff, community members, volunteers and job training participants, and partner organizations like NJ Tree Foundation and Rutgers University’s Water Resource Group. Future plans for expansion of Down Bottom Farms and Urban Agriculture programming include the addition of a “Learning Barn” to facilitate educational programming year-round as well as “Child’s Play”, an experiential garden area geared toward children ages 2-6 to explore the wonders of gardening and farming through play.
Every Saturday from mid-May through the end of October Down Bottom Farms hosts a Farmer’s Market featuring Jersey Fresh produce from farms throughout Newark, New Jersey, and beyond. The farmer’s market is open Saturday’s from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM and is proud to accept EBT, SNAP, WIC, Senior Vouchers, Visa, Mastercard and cash.
For more information on the market or to become involved, please contact: