East New York Farms!

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Urban Agriculture
East New York Farms! grows fresh food for our community and provides support to help others do the same. We manage two urban farms–the UCC Youth Farm and Hands and Heart Garden– and work with an ever-growing network of gardeners representing backyard gardens and many of the over 60 community gardens throughout East New York.

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Beekeeping
Beekeeping serves the incredible purposes of pollinating the food we grow and eat, teaching children and youth about the importance of pollinators interactions in the environment, and, of course, producing honey!

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Hands and Heart Garden
In 2006 East New York Farms!,with support from Green Thumb and the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), was provided land to start a community garden and increase green space and local food production in the neighborhood. We joined with community residents to establish a new urban farm on this abandoned lot and founded “Hands and Heart Garden” with the mission to “enrich the community through education and urban farming”. Now, over 28 gardeners are committed to growing food there for market and building relationships with each other and their neighbors. Through volunteer energy it was turned into a vibrant garden where are growing food -like they did growing up in the Caribbean, West Africa, Bangladesh and the South-, and bringing our community together.

 

UCC Youth Farm
Our half acre urban farm was established in 2000 as a way to increase food production and create an outdoor educational space in the neighborhood.

 

Gardener Assistance
Gardeners receive support from planning stages to getting their vegetables to market. They produce some of our best sellers; crisp collard greens, Caribbean and South Asian  specialties (callaloo, bora, karela and cilantro), fresh herbs, and more! In 2008 urban gardens in East New York grew over 14,000 pounds of fresh, healthy, chemical free produce and sold it at our farmer’s markets to community members.