East New York Farms!

The mission of the East New York Farms Project is to organize youth and adults to address food justice in our community by promoting local sustainable agriculture and community-led economic development.  East New York Farms! is a project of the United Community Centers in partnership with local residents.

We have been working with youth, gardeners, farmers, and entrepreneurs to build a more just and sustainable community since 1998.

East New York has more community gardens than any neighborhood in the city, and many produce food for the market and local families. We support gardens with workshops, resources, and assistance from our youth. We also connect gardens with members looking for space to grow.
We hire 35 young people participate in our Internship Program every year. In this intensive 9-month program, young people engage in hands-on learning around environment, health, community development, leadership and social justice.
Our team of Community Educators provide cooking demonstrations, presentations, and gardening workshops to educate our neighbors about how to grow, prepare, and preseve healthy food.
We operate three urban farms and one garden in East New York to increase access to locally grown produce, as well as to provide opportunities to learn, gather, and volunteer. Two of our farms are in NYCHA developments in the neighborhood.
Our two community-run farmers markets make fresh food available and affordable, while building our local economy and creating places for neighbors to meet and greet.


Foraging at the Farm

We grow over 70 varieties of fruits, vegetables, and herbs at our farm, but sometimes the things that attract the most attention are the plants we consider weeds.  Many of the common weeds on our farm–chickweed, amaranth, purslane, dandelion, lambs quarters, and mugwort–are valued as food or medicinal crops.  Oftentimes passersby will ask for our…

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Beekeeping Legalized!

On Tuesday, March 16th, the Board of Health voted to legalize beekeeping in New York City.  Honeybees make a big contribution to the health and sustainability of our city, and we’re excited to help start more hives in East New York.  Check out these articles in the Brooklyn Eagle, New York Times, and the New…

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East New York Farms!
United Community Centers
613 New Lots Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11207
(718) 649-7979