Grow a youth led community food center in Brooklyn

 
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Sep 25, 2014

Summer harvest report

Building future food and community leaders
Building future food and community leaders

This summer we had eight youth farmers working at the Bed-Stuy farm and five youth community service workers at our Urban Harvest Center Food Pantry. All of these youth workers did a great job servicing our community with fresh food and plants from our farm and giving away nutritious food at our pantry. For many of our youth workers this is the first job or employment experience so we are glad that they are had a positive work experience at our food center.

Our summer harvest is wrapping up and we are starting to plant our fall crops.We are also planning our fall fundraiser and preparing our farm to plant winter cover crops. Our fundraising event for the fall harvest season is our Bed-Stuy Farm Picnic on October 4, 2014. This event features local food and drinks with seasoned local chefs and tickets are on sale now on our website, facebook page or our event page  BRM Fundraiser Picnic We look forward to this end of season celebration of all our hard work this growing season. We also thank you for your support of our community food center and most importantly ask you to consider continuing to support our youth and commuity now and this upcoming holiday season.

Jun 23, 2014

Spring planting season

Spring planting of Summer vegetables
Spring planting of Summer vegetables

This Spring youth interns planted fresh vegetables to be distributed at the community food center. We had a great teacher this year. Our organic farmer gave us all planting lesson teaching the youth to use natural fertizers such as compost, water reclaimed from the aquaponics system and a natural based seaweed fertilizer. We have been growing seeds in the greenhouse since March and had plenty of seedlings to plant. We the help of ten of our interns we planted out basil, collards, lettuce, sweet and hot peppers and tomatoes. We are ready to begin distributing our fresh green at the community food center and look forward to working at the farm with our Summer interns who are starting July 10. We look forward to having your continued support at our youth led community food center. Your donations are keeping families in our community eating fresh healthy local produce grown at the Bed-Stuy Farm.

Mar 24, 2014

New youth interns at our community food center

Building the greenhouse table preparing for Spring
Building the greenhouse table preparing for Spring

We opened our new pantry at our community food center and everything is progressing smoothly. We have re-trained our seasoned volunteers in the new distribution system which is now based on family size and nutritional values. Our youth interns have registered and pre-screened all of our current pantry customers and we are beginning to intake new walk-in pantry guests. It has been a busy season, a cold and busy season but spring is finally here and the numbers at the food pantry are rising.

New faces have also joining the program as youth interns. They are busy learning their new assignments and are quite happy with level of cutomer satisfaction they have achieved in such a short time. We are also anticipating the spring planting season on the farm and have been busy building green house tables in preparation for planting lots of seeds. We look forward to a productive growing season and need continued support to keep our youth interns growing. Please consider a gift to start the new growing season in a bountiful manner.

Youth intern at work in customer choice pantry
Youth intern at work in customer choice pantry

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Brooklyn, NY United States

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