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Princeton Students Develop Interdisciplinary Project for Newark Community Garden

October 25th, 2018

 

On patch of dusty asphalt in Newark, New Jersey, sits a wooden shed topped with corrugated plastic, a safeguard from impending winter weather. But it won’t be there for long.

That’s because the shed is intended to roam around the civic project Down Bottom Farms, a half-acre plot bearing a fruit tree orchard, berry patches and even a small vineyard — part of Ironbound Community Corporation’s Urban Agriculture Program.

Built on wheels, the mobile storage system contains gardening tools and equipment easily accessible to the community gardeners who devotedly take care of the farm. The shed can also be split into two parts, providing even greater convenience.

The project was conceived by Princeton University students in conjunction with the spring course “Topics in the Formal Analysis of the Urban Structure — Environmental Challenges of Urban Sprawl” taught by Mario Gandelsonas, professor of architecture and the Class of 1913 Lecturer in Architecture. The project was funded by the Princeton Environmental Institute

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