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
Recently I attended a farm trip to BK Farmyard on August 5, 2015. BK Farmyard is located at 600 Kingston Avenue. There was a farm educator named Sawdayah who led group discussions and farm-related activities. Youths that work there also participated in the group discussions and activities. One of the activities we participated in was…Read More
On May 30, 2015, East New York Farms!/United Community Centers hosted a Northeast Regional Youth Food Summit and had a great experience with other youth from all over the Northeast Region. The other groups that were involved in the summit were Added Value, BK Farmyards, Community Food Advocates of NYC, The Children’s Aid Society in…Read More
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East New York Farms!
United Community Centers
613 New Lots Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11207