Skip to main content
U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government

Hawthorne Ave farm in the heart of Newark, NJ during the summer.

New Jersey Urban Agriculture

New Jersey’s urban agriculture pioneers are taking action in their communities, growing not just produce, but also providing jobs, beautifying their neighborhoods, and offering access to fresh, healthy food in areas where grocery stores are sparse.

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in New Jersey supports urban agriculture by providing technical and financial assistance to protect and conserve natural resources. These resources include soil, water, air, plants, animals, and energy. NRCS provides technical and financial assistance for urban growers in areas such as:

Conservation Practices

High Tunnels
Soil Health
Managing Weeds & Pests
Irrigation & Water Management
Energy Efficiency
Compost Facility
Pollinator Habitat

New Jersey Urban Conservation Project Grants - Conservation Technical Assistance (CTA)

An urban garden surrounded by city buildings and high trees.

In addition to offering assistance to local producers, NRCS-NJ hopes to challenge community partners to establish urban, community, and pollinator gardens across the state by providing technical and financial assistance through CTA grants.

Selected projects will receive technical and financial assistance to implement natural resources conservation practices such as:

  • Low tunnels
  • High tunnels
  • Composting facility
  • Micro-Irrigation
  • Food gardens
  • Rainwater harvesting
  • Raised garden beds
  • Pollinator habitats
  • Urban trees (orchards)

A black farmer holds a bucket with feed while a group of goats surround him

Historically Underserved Producers

Some groups of people are identified in Farm Bill legislation and in USDA policy as being Historically Underserved (HU). Members of these groups have been historically underserved by, or subject to discrimination in, Federal policies and programs. Four groups are defined by USDA as “Historically Underserved,” including farmers or ranchers who are: Beginning; Socially Disadvantaged; Veterans; and Limited Resource. 

Morgan Devine

Urban Conservationist