Expand our aquaponics system to train youth leaders ages 16-24 grow food for our new urban harvest center food programs. Our programs include a supermarket style choice food pantry, urban farm and seasonal community farmer's market in Central Brooklyn. Youth leaders work in our food center program to educate community residents on the benefits of urban farming, healthy eating while increasing access to healthy food for residents in the communities where they live.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Since the mid 1960's child obesity rates in Bed-Stuy Brooklyn are up 28 percent. Our project will encourage Bed-Stuy residents to consider where their food comes from and make healthier choices about their food. We will encourage the residents who participate in our program to promote healthier lifestyles amongst their peers and increase their physical activities and reduce the intake of fatty snack foods.
How will this project solve this problem?
The Brooklyn Rescue Mission urban harvest center food program provides hands on training in urban farming, customer service, sales and marketing for our youth leaders. The urban harvest food center provides education and nutrition programs to help community families make healthy choices about what they eat and combat peer pressure to eat unhealthy snack food and sugary beverages.
Potential Long Term Impact
The project will help 200 families with healthy food and educate 25 youth per year in urban farming, aquaponics and local and regional sources of healthy food allowing them to learn how they can impact their community food environment.
Total Funding Received to Date: $320
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $24,680
Total Funding Goal: $25,000