A Fruitful Endeavor: Farms at NYCHA

Date Published: 
January 26th, 2022

From The NYCHA Journal:

In 2021, NYCHA farms produced 22,000 pounds of organic fresh vegetables, greens, and herbs. There are currently seven farms on the Authority’s open spaces. The inaugural farm at Red Hook Houses was launched in 2013. The other six farms are located at Wagner Houses, Howard Houses, Bay View Houses, Forest Houses, Mariners Harbor Houses, and Pink Houses.  

Farms at NYCHA is an urban agriculture initiative grounded in public housing resident leadership and community partnership. The farms expand healthy food access and provide youth workforce and leadership development. 

Andrea Mata, NYCHA’s Director of Health Initiatives, said that the very first farm was created through collaboration focused on goals aligned with NYCHA’s Connected Communities initiative: “The idea was to build an outdoor community center. Farms produce something tangible (food) that can be used by the community, but they also activate open space that can bring the community together for many different purposes that respond to local priorities.”

Read The NYCHA Journal's article "A Fruitful Endeavor: Farms at NYCHA."

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