The Kula Urban Farm Expansion Project
The Kula Urban Farm is a social enterprise conceived by and established by Interfaith Neighbors in 2014 with the intention of further bolstering the economic outlook for Asbury Park and its Westside neighborhood. The farm provides on site job training, community and youth educational programs and fresh produce both for sale and free for those in need. At this time we are working to expand and introduce physical improvements to the farm that will allow us to grow and enhance our community programming.
The Kula Urban Farm is located in the heart of the Westside neighborhood of Asbury Park. Since the Farm’s inception in 2014, it has become a community gathering place for residents to come and harvest produce for use in their meal preparations, for young people to participate in STEM learning, for people of all ages to participate in community workshops on topics ranging from backyard gardening, herbal stress relief, how to make kombucha and more. Our Farm to Table Dinner Series showcases local chefs and brings residents together in a social setting for fellowship and healthy eating.
Interfaith Neighbors is preparing to purchase an adjacent vacant parcel of land that will allow us to double our hydroponic growing operations, expand our seasonal farming beds, as well as build a 3-season pavilion structure to host our community workshops and educational program in expanded space. Additionally, Interfaith Neighbors will renovate and expand the existing storage garage on the site to add an on-site restroom and introduce a catering kitchen to allow us to continue our popular and successful Farm to Table Dinner series with local guest chefs.
The open-air pavilion structure will host expanded community workshops, youth educational programming, our successful Farm to Table Dinner Series and allow for rentals, bringing revenue to the program. The addition of an onsite restroom is a much needed amenity for both our staff and guests. Introducing a catering kitchen will allow guest chefs to finish meals, warm foods, and access running water. This will allow us to introduce a Farm to Table Cooking Series for residents as well.
Annually the farm produces 6,000 pounds of produce with 4,000 pounds donated to residents or community feeding programs. With the expansion, we will be able to serve 450 residents annually with community educational workshops, 300 youth through our STEM-based Green Thumbs education program, and 350 residents with our Farm to Table Dinner series. The pavilion will also be used for community meetings and events hosted by Interfaith Neighbors and area organizations.
To assist those less fortunate among us to meet life’s basic necessities, while seeking to improve the quality of life for individuals and families and the communities in which they live. Over the years, our services have grown to now include eight distinct programs serving all of Monmouth County, NJ including: Rental & Mortgage Assistance, Senior Nutrition and Meals on Wheels, Affordable Housing, Neighborhood Revitalization, the Business Development Center, SOAR Career Preparation, Level Up, and the Kula Urban Farms.
Interfaith Neighbors, Inc. (IFN) works with individuals and families to address barriers to a living a healthy, economically stable, fulfilling life.
- Each year IFN assists over 350 families return to financial stability with our Rental & Mortgage Assistance program.
- Every day, IFN prepares and delivers 1,100 meals to the doorsteps of senior citizens across Monmouth County, helping them stay in their own homes longer and ensuring they receive the nutrition they need to maintain their health.
- A good job is the pillar for financial stability. IFN's workforce development programs help all kinds of job seekers. For young adults looking to land their first job, the Level Up Training program trains them for entry level positions in the shore area's hospitality industry. For those returning to the workforce, the Kula Urban Farm provides bridge employment to build a resume. For those looking to move into a career pathway, the SOAR program provides both soft skills training and industry certification education in multiple career pathways with long-term mentoring as graduates launch their careers. Lastly, IFN's Business Development Center positions those interested in starting or growing their own business for success.
- As a licensed NJ homebuilder, IFN has constructed over 60 units of affordable housing, primarily in the Westside neighborhood of Asbury Park, NJ.
- IFN focuses its community revitalization efforts on the Westside neighborhood of Asbury Park, leading community planning and engagement efforts, implementing social and capital projects in response to community needs.