‘East New York Farms!’, a project of United Community Centers
Food, Environmental Education
Environmental Justice, Local Agriculture, Access
The mission of the East New York Farms Project is to organize youth and adults to address food justice in our community by promoting local sustainable agriculture and community-led economic development. East New York Farms! is a project of the United Community Centers in partnership with local residents.
Our efforts engage residents in creating new resources and systems to address our food, environment, and health needs. Tangible benefits include nutritious food, improved soil structure, farmland and open space preservation, and reduced toxins in the air. Social benefits include public health, community engagement, urban and rural links, beautification, recreation, and neighborhood pride. We look at agriculture as a means to revitalize our neighborhood. Youth and adults work collectively to reclaim, improve, and maintain our community gardens. Our gardens provide opportunities for recreation and education, growing fresh food, addressing health issues, income generation, and interac