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Visit the City Green Farm Eco-Center

A Place for Learning and Growing! 

The City Green Farm Eco-Center is a hub of agricultural and environmental education and recreation. It is a model of sustainable, community-based urban farming, and a vibrant, living example of food production in harmony with the ecosystem. Here you will find two acres of sustainable vegetable production, as well as a Learning Farm and City Green’s offices. Here at the Farm Eco-Center, we host educational programs, job and volunteer opportunities, farm stands, educational programs, and a wide range of events!

Visit Us!

Individuals and families are invited to visit us at the Farm Eco-Center. Meet the goats, say hi to Luna the goose, explore the enchanted forest, and so much more!

Organizing a group trip? Please contact us at info@city-green.org

Hours

Winter Open Hours: 

Tuesday: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM


Wednesday: 9:00 AM - 4:00Pm. 


Friday: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM.  

Property map

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Self-Guided Garden Adventure

The Self-Guided Garden Adventure is a ten-stop tour through our Learning Farm. As you travel from station to station, The Garden Adventure Guide will lead you through different interactive activities, from feeding goats to native bird identification!

Directions, parking & arrival

The Farm Eco-Center is located at 171 Grove St. Clifton NJ. When arriving to the Farm Eco-Center, please park  in our public parking lot to the right of the farm house. If no spaces are available, street parking is allowed. Handicapped parking spaces are available. 

Farm Eco-Center Visitor Rules

Guests at our Eco-Center are welcome explore our farm and gardens, visit the animals and picnic at the tables in our Learning Farm.

            The City Green Welcome Center, Learning Farm and Porta Potty are all wheelchair accessible. 

Not Permitted:

  • Unsupervised Children

  • Professional or commercial photography

  • Private parties

  • Alcoholic beverages, firearms, glass bottles.

  • Harvesting of any plants or produce

  • Smoking

  • Walking in the farm rows

  • Leaving trash and recycling at Farm Eco-Center

  • Dogs (service-animals allowed)

Health and Hygiene: 

  • Guests may use the porta potty located on the map, to the right of the barn

  • Please sanitize your hands upon entering and leaving the Farm Eco-Center and after interacting with animals

Restricted Areas:

  • Visitors are not permitted in restricted areas without the express permission and supervision of City Green Staff.

  • Farmhouse Office

  • Greenhouse

  • Barn

  • Lower Farm Field

  • See our map for publically accessible areas.

Farm and Garden Safety: 

  • Visitors are permitted to use the grass, and the gravel and paved paths.

  • Beware of trip hazards (crates, tools, uneven ground)

  • Beware of moving vehicles

  • I have some mobility issues. Can I still visit City Green?
    Absolutely! The Learning Farm is equipped with paved walkways and an accessible parking lot. But not all areas of the farm are accessible. The farmhouse, farm fields, festival space, permaculture hill, and all restricted areas are not accessible.
  • What should I wear?
    Wear appropriate apparel! Our farm is completely outdoors, so dress according to the weather. If it's sunny, make sure to bring hats and sunscreen. If it's cold, bring layers! Wear clothes you don't mind getting a little dirty.
  • Are there public bathrooms?
    We have a Porta-Potty on-site, but there are no full public restrooms available.
  • Are there bees, bugs, and other critters?
    This is an outdoor facility with bees, insects, and other critters! Please come prepared with your own bug spray and bee medication. City Green does not have trained medical staff on the property. In the case of an emergency, please call 911 first then alert the nearest staff member.
  • Should I bring my own water bottle?
    Yes, bring a water bottle! It can get hot and we don’t have a public water fountain. If you would like to picnic, you are welcome to bring food. There are no trash receptacles on site, so please bring containers for your trash.
  • Is City Green produce organic?
    Yes, all of the food we grow is organic! City Green’s urban farms are the heart of the organization and consist of two separate food production farms: the City Green Farm Eco-Center in Clifton, and our second farm in Mount Olive. City Green grows over 75 varieties of vegetables and herbs that are not only culturally appropriate for the communities they serve, but healthy, local, and delicious as well. Each farm adheres to organic growing practices to ensure healthy soil, healthy farm workers, and a healthy habitat for wildlife. Farming methods include crop rotation, cover cropping, natural pest management, hand weeding, and planting disease-resistant crop varieties.
  • Can I use SNAP or WIC at the Farm Stand?
    Cash, credit, SNAP/EBT, WIC, Senior vouchers, and Good Food Bucks are accepted at the Farm Stand. ​ SNAP, WIC, and Senior FMNP shoppers will receive a 50% discount on every City Green farm stand purchase through our Good Food Buck program. To learn more about our Good Food Bucks program, click here. Learn more about SNAP & WIC: ​ What is SNAP & how to apply? Where to use SNAP What is WIC and how to apply? Where to use WIC How to find a food pantry
  • Whats available at the Veggie Mobile?
    Learn about whats available at the Veggie Mobile throughout the seasons!
  • What is a Veggie Mobile?
    The Veggie Mobile is a custom-designed refrigerated box truck and mobile market that effectively transports City Green produce across New Jersey to a variety of different locations. The Veggie Mobile provides increased access to fresh, local produce for residents who are unable to conveniently obtain healthy foods and do not have transportation to visit City Green’s farm stands.
  • Do I have to sign up in advance every time I come to volunteer?
    Once you come to an orientation, you are welcome to join us for weekly Wednesday volunteering whenever you wish for the rest of the year. RSVPing to our volunteer emails or via our website page is very appreciated, but not necessary.
  • What kind of activities will I be doing while volunteering at City Green?
    Volunteering a City Green involves physical, and sometimes strenuous outdoor work! In the gardens, you may take part in any of the following activities: shoveling and wheelbarrowing soil and mulch, weeding, watering, planting flowers, deadheading flowers, or turning compost. On the farm, you may take part in any of the following activities: planting, harvesting, weeding, mulching and amending farm beds.
  • I have some mobility issues, can I still volunteer at City Green?
    Absolutely! If you have a mobility issue, an injury or a volunteer task is uncomfortable for your body, let City Green staff know and we can find another activity that is more comfortable for you. We are happy to accommodate! That said, do keep in mind that our volunteering program does include some repetitive physical tasks and our farm and garden spaces have uneven surfaces you may need to navigate.
  • Why do I need to come to volunteer orientation first?
    At the City Green volunteer orientation, volunteers receive a property tour, an introduction to City Green and a safety training. It is absolutely necessary that volunteers come to orientation each year before joining in on weekly volunteer events.
  • Can I get volunteer hours at my school by volunteering at City Green?
    Yes! We are happy to sign off on any required volunteer hours for community service or school requirements.
  • How should I prepare for volunteering at City Green? What should I bring and wear?
    Wear comfortable outdoor clothing that you do not mind getting dirty and sturdy, closed toe shoes. City Green does not have disposable water bottles available on site. Please bring a reusable water bottle. We have a water refilling station available. We have garden gloves available for volunteers to use, but you are more than welcome to bring your own. We have some sunscreen and bug spray available onsite, but we also recommend bringing your own if you are able.
  • I have a child who wants to come and volunteer, can I bring them?
    At this time we only allow children 13 or older to come and volunteer for our weekly community volunteering. Children between the ages of 13 and 18 must have their waiver signed by a parent in order to volunteer.
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