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.
NEWS & UPDATES
A million thanks from East New York Farms! for signing the Petition to Bring Back Composting to NYC. Because of your support, City Council Members Arroyo, Yassky, and Felder have expressed interest in holding a public hearing on Fall Leaf Collection this autumn. Let’s keep the energy going and make this hearing happen! Here’s how…Read More
Composting in NYC as we know it is no more! Leaf collection and Give Back Days have been canceled and the whole NYC Compost Project has taken a huge budgetary hit (they have basically been asked to stretch their already reduced 2009 budget through the 2010 fiscal year with no guarantee of renewed funding!!). However,…Read More
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East New York Farms!
United Community Centers
613 New Lots Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11207