Now in its 10th season, the Rutgers Gardens Farmers Market has become an institution in need of a more permanent structure that expands its safety and function for the community, while also creating a landmark and gateway for Rutgers Gardens. An anonymous donor has challenged the Gardens to raise $150,000 in matching funds to construct a sustainable structure to be called Cook’s Market. This structure will convey the
horticultural, ecological, and educational mission of the Gardens.
How can you help? Help Plant the roof.
Cook's Market will include the first living green roof at Rutgers University. Fundraising still continues for the roof which has many benefits for the environment including; help attract and feed pollinators, reduces and slows stormwater runoff, reduces radiant heat (urban heating effect), and improves availability of food for bats.
Just a $5 donation will allow the Gardens to purchase three plant for the roof. Visit the Rutgers Gardens tent at the market for more information.
Cook’s Market will provide a permanent structure and allow the market to run throughout the year. Its programming will also connect with the development of the new Student Farm at Rutgers Gardens, allowing undergraduate students to experience firsthand the full cycle of food production, from seed, to seedling, to the field, to harvest, and finally to the consumer.
In order to improve the visitor experience, future master plans include enhancing the integration of academic teaching and research of University departments, such as Landscape Architecture, with the community. Cook’s Market is part of this vision, and together, they will bring cohesion to the Gardens and take visitors on a journey through time and nature. With your support, Rutgers Gardens is able to fulfill our mission to cultivate inquisitive minds, great plants, and inspire gardening through educational exploration and enjoyment.