We are an innovative collective of local urban agriculture experts supporting the growth of a local food system and amplifying community-led environmental and social initiatives

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newark matters. what we eat matters

In partnership with Newark Science and Sustainability Inc., and Whole Cities Foundation, The Newark Community Food System will support and develop sustainability efforts in urban agriculture, as well as, wellness and nutrition programs. This will be accomplished by tackling social determinants of health and using community driven problem solving in a fiercely collaborative way. Currently, NCFS is setting goals to grow the local food system based on the needs identified by the greater community.

It is committed to hosting three signature events per year focused on sustainable living practices and the positive impact of urban agriculture on community health. The collective will also encourage collaboration and social entrepreneurship as a means to create tangible and sustainable solutions for environmental and social issues. Beyond the food system, the group also aims to influence renewable energy, the visual arts, ecological building, and health care throughout the Greater Newark community.

Our guiding principles


To always be concerned with the health and integrity of our families, communities, and environment.


To be respectful of all belief systems and promote cultural diversity.


To demonstrate how technology, humans and nature can coexist harmoniously.


To encourage collaboration and social entrepreneurship as a means to create tangible and sustainable solutions for environmental and social issues.


To be nonpartisan—free from party affiliation or bias.

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Lead by professionals, just for you.

NCFS is comprised of award-winning community leaders with diverse experience in grassroots community organizing, urban agriculture, and creating and building nonprofits and programs that address community health.

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  • Spring

    APRIL 2018

    NCFS Sustainable Living Empowerment Conference

    The purpose of the conference is to inspire and empower attendees, so they become active participants toward the goal of building healthy, sustainable communities. The speakers will use their own experiences and values to convey how they have been driven by their passions to various achievements. From urban farming to health & wellness, the speakers will share information and experiences that assist with the creation of sustainable communities.

  • Summer

    AUGUST 2018

    Newark’s Harvest: A Citywide Garden Tour

    This week long, historical garden tour and present-day harvest will provide an opportunity for residents and visitors to become informed about the various agricultural spaces that exist. This event will serve as a means to encourage healthy eating, healthy living practices, and environmental education. Through a series of workshops and by reaping the benefits from the harvests of each of the participating spaces, residents will walk away with healthy, locally grown produce and a broader awareness of environmental stewardship.

  • Fall

    SEPTEMBER 2018

    Harvest Table: A Farm to Table Neighborhood Dinner

    The purpose of the Harvest Table is to bring about a true sense of community through the natural unifier of food. This event will allow residents to come together and partake of a community meal. This meal will be accompanied by sustainable living vendors, live music, and spoken word. This event will occur in a different neighborhood each year.