Farms at NYCHA is part of Building Healthy Communities (BHC), a city-wide partnership designed to improve health outcomes in 12 neighborhoods in New York City. Through the initiative, young public housing residents are building and maintaining farms on public housing properties across the city to serve fellow residents, with local partners. The Farms expand healthy food access and provide youth workforce and leadership development.
Farms at NYCHA has built and managed six urban farms on public housing property since the inaugural farm, Red Hook Houses Farm, launched in 2013 with partners NYCHA, Added Value, and Green City Force. As of 2020, the Red Hook Houses Farm is being operated by Red Hook Initiative. The remaining five farm sites are currently Powered by Green City Force. Our ambition is to transform the current farm sites into Eco Hubs over time as well as to eventually build more urban agriculture-based sustainability demonstration sites across the NYCHA portfolio.
Thank you to our current lead corporate partner Unilever for funding Farms at NYCHA Powered by GCF since 2016.
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