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.
The Brooklyn Rescue Mission urban farming training provides mentorship education and nutrition programs to help people make healthy choices about what they eat and combat peer pressure to eat unhealthy snack food and sugary beverages.
The project will educate 50 people per year about urban farming, aquaponics and local and regional sources of healthy food allowing them to learn how they can impact their community food environment.