Promise Agriculture

Over the last decade, Elijah’s Promise has developed Promise Agriculture into a successful program that provides garden space to residents, produces food for our community, provides pollination and honey for our city, and diverts food waste to create nutrient rich compost. Equally important, our sites leverage the process of production to engage and educate residents on how to grow their own food and urban agriculture practices. As Elijah’s Promise expands Promise Agriculture, we are increasing our commitment to sourcing a portion of the produce used by our culinary programs from food grown right here in New Brunswick. We are also exploring how Promise Agriculture can support economic development and the creation of culinary jobs that integrate locally sourced and seasonal ingredients.

Current Promise Agriculture sites include Promise Garden and Promise High Tunnel with both sites offering a range of volunteer opportunities. Volunteers help with planting, weeding, watering, sheet mulching, pruning, site cleanup and maintenance, harvesting, and more! Promise Agriculture sites also offer free urban agriculture workshops during the garden season along with team building experiences. Get involved with Promise Agriculture today!

Promise Garden

Location: Across from 52 Tabernacle Way, New Brunswick, NJ, 08901
Free Parking Available at Site.

Promise Garden continues to develop as a premier urban agriculture demonstration site and community garden in the heart of downtown New Brunswick, NJ. Promise Garden operates through a land-use partnership with the United Methodist Church of New Brunswick, foundational support, and the hard work of over 300 volunteers annually! This site offers 50 raised beds for local residents to grow healthy produce in the city. The garden includes an Apiculture Project with two bee hives, a Fruit and Nut Tree Orchard including Hazelnuts, Apples, Blueberries, and Raspberries, and Promise Compost which diverts over 10,000 pounds of plant-based food waste from our Promise Catering to create new soil for improving garden beds.

The garden is an outdoor classroom for New Brunswick Elementary School students who participate in Lets Cook for Kids. Over July 2017, Promise Garden hosted over 60 elementary students to learn about growing and harvesting healthy fruits and vegetables and inspired kids to learn more about local food, soil, and pollinator production.  Promise Garden also offers a variety of community events including story slams, musical performances, and educational workshops. In this way, the garden celebrates food production and community roots.

Promise High Tunnel

Location: 14 College Farm Road, New Brunswick, NJ 08901-8551
(Behind Environment and Natural Resource (ENR) Building)
Free Parking available at site.

Promise High Tunnel is Elijah’s Promise’s newest food producing site located on Rutgers University’s Cook Campus. A project made possible in partnership with Rutgers University Office of Agriculture and Urban Programs (OAUP) with funding from the New Jersey Farm Bureau, Promise High Tunnel is a 1,500 square foot covered growing space that will dramatically increase the amount of food produced by our agency for our Community Kitchen and Culinary Programs. Over winter 2018, we piloted the growth of cold-resistant and nutritious greens including kale, spinach, collards, and mustards. In the 2018 spring and summer season we grew and harvested clementine cherry tomatoes, giant chard, tatsoi, and kale. In summer 2019, we’ll be filling the High Tunnel with sweet bell peppers and using the adjacent outdoor field space for kale, okra, garlic, and rainbow chard.

Get Involved

We are not able to accept volunteers in-person at this time. If you are interested in more information about how to support Promise Agriculture, please email us at

To learn more about Promise Garden and Promise High Tunnel, to apply for a garden bed, and to learn about upcoming volunteer garden workdays or workshops, please email us at In addition, when it becomes safe to do so again, we offer private team-building events for corporate and institutional teams throughout the garden season and can host up to 15 volunteers at a time at our urban agriculture sites. To learn more about team building opportunities contact us at the email address above.

We look forward to growing food for our community with you soon!

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Promise Garden:
Located across from
52 Tabernacle Way
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Garden Bed Availability & Pricing:
$20 Per Bed
Scholarships Available

Promise High Tunnel:
14 College Farm Road,
Rutgers University, Cook Campus
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-8551


To learn more, to apply for a garden bed, or to sign up your team for a volunteer garden workday, email our Volunteer Coordinator or complete the form below.

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