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Capital City Farm

Capital City Farm Stand opens Thursday, June 15. 
Hours:  Thursdays 3-6 p.m. and Saturdays 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Capital City Farm Stand opens Thursday, June 15. 
Hours:  Thursdays 3-6 p.m. and Saturdays 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Capital City Farm Stand opens Thursday, June 15. 
Hours:  Thursdays 3-6 p.m. and Saturdays 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Volunteer Hours: Tuesdays 9:30 a.m.-noon, Thursdays 3-6 p.m.; after June 15, Tuesdays 9:30 a.m.-noon, Thursdays 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m.-noon.

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"Capital City Farm Earns Smart Growth Award"

Click here to see video.

 

Volunteer Hours: Tuesdays 9:30 a.m.-noon, Thursdays 3-6 p.m.; after June 15, Tuesdays 9:30 a.m.-noon, Thursdays 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m.-noon.

 

Capital City Farm is an urban farm promoting access to healthy produce and to wellness knowledge, and is a home for arts and culture, wellness education and micro-enterprise development. In 2011, TASK volunteers looked at this weed-filled lot and wondered what could happen there that would offer something positive to this neighborhood. A visioning process resulted in the idea of an urban farm.

The land for the farm was acquired by the City of Trenton in 2014 with funding from Mercer County’s Open Space Fund. The partnership began when a TASK volunteer approached D&R Greenway about alternate uses for the lot, which had recently been placed on the market. D&R Greenway Vice President Jay Watson assembled an advisory group of partner organizations (Isles, Inc., East Trenton Collaborative, TASK, Escher SRO Project, Helping Arms, Rescue Mission, City of Trenton, Mercer County) and interested citizens and led the process to acquire and remediate the land with the help of Brinkerhoff Environmental Co. Now, the weed-filled lot has been turned into a beautiful meadow full of native grasses and flowers with a small garden – and it’s ready for development as an urban farm.

Urban farms offer green space in the city, affordable and fresh food, and engagement and employment opportunities for youth, adults, and elders.

In every city, urban farms are different based on the needs and wishes of city residents. D&R Greenway has initiated a community engagement process led by consultants Designing the We. These organizers will be leading street surveys and community meetings throughout Fall 2015 to ensure the project is delivering something of value to residents, connect the farm to local community groups and businesses, and promoting community leadership in the project.

Input and contributions of time, skills, expertise, and resources from residents of Trenton, Ewing, and the broader suburbs are welcomed. Email capitalcityfarm@drgreenway.org or call 609-924-4646 to get involved!

Directions: From Route 1 South, take the Perry Street exit. Turn right onto Perry Street for one block. Turn left onto Southard Street. Take the first right onto Escher Street. The farm is at the end of the street. On street parking only. The site can also easily be found via GPS by entering "Escher Street."

On weekdays, visitors should park at the Muirhead Avenue entrance. Take the Perry Street exit from Route 1 South. After four blocks, turn left onto North Clinton Avenue. Take the second left onto Ott Street. The Muirhead Avenue parking area is directly to your left. The site can also easily be found via GPS by entering "Muirhead Avenue."

 

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