Members of the College’s Social Work Student Association celebrated Earth Day on April 22 by helping out at the Hawthorne Hawks Healthy Harvest Farm, a 2.5 acre tract on Newark’s Hawthorne Avenue.
“It was definitely a fun event; we weeded the tract and did whatever else had to be done,” said Social Work Professor Mary Jenkins, LSW, who is also adviser to the student group. The farm is maintained by the Greater Newark Conservancy.
Professor Jenkins said the site, which even includes some of Newark’s famed cherry blossom trees, is very impressive. She added she expects the students to continue to help out at the farm in the community service tradition of the group.
The tract is part of the Conservancy’s Urban Farming initiative. Residents can rent, for $10 a year, a four-foot by eight-foot plot to grow their own vegetables.