Farms at NYCHA

Farms at NYCHA

Building sustainable and connected public housing communities.

The Program

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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Past and current
Farms at NYCHA

Farms at NYCHA Outcomes
(2016 to present)

Farm Stand Times

NYCHA residents can pick up fresh produce, drop off household compostable waste, and volunteer at Farm Stands operated by GCF. Farm Stands run from May through November.

All farm stands run from 10 AM – 2 PM.

FarmsOperated byDaysMap
Wagner Houses FarmGCFWednesdays & SaturdaysGoogle Map
Howard Houses FarmGCFThursdays & SaturdaysGoogle Map
Bay View Houses FarmGCFWednesdays & SaturdaysGoogle Map
Forest Houses FarmGCFWednesdays & SaturdaysGoogle Map
Mariners Harbor Houses FarmGCFThursdays & SaturdaysGoogle Map
Red Hook Houses FarmRed Hook InitiativeGoogle Map

Due to the current COVID-19 crisis, Farms at NYCHA Farm Stands and compost collection are on pause until further notice.


A Year in Service At the Farms

How are the farms designed?

GCF Corps Members and NYCHA staff attend community meetings and gatherings at each development to get residents’ input on the farm’s plan and design. Residents are surveyed about location, size, and the crops they would like to grow.


How can NYCHA residents get involved?

There are many ways to help out, and enjoy the benefits of NYCHA Farms:

  • Volunteer to help plant, water, and weed in exchange for fresh produce.
  • Bring compostable food scraps (fruit/vegetable peels, coffee grounds, egg shells) to exchange for fresh produce.
  • Attend a cooking demonstration, or community event at your local NYCHA farm.

Where are the farms and who runs them?

There are currently six farms. The farms are constructed and operated by 18 to 24 year-old NYCHA residents who are Green City Force (GCF) AmeriCorps Members. Five farms are powered by GCF, and the Red Hook Houses Farm is run by Red Hook Initiative.


Who gets the harvested food?

NYCHA residents receive free produce in exchange for volunteering on the farm or bringing household food scraps to the farm stand each week. Farm Stands run from May through November. See the table below for the date of your local farm stand.
All Farm Stands are open 10am-2pm on the stated day of the week.


Farms at NYCHA, Powered by GCF

GCF works with partner organizations throughout NYC to construct and operate farms on NYCHA property. GCF manages the five farms listed below.

Howard Houses Farm

Howard Houses Farm

Location: Howard Houses, Brownsville, Brooklyn.
Behind the Brownsville Brooklyn Public Library branch at the end of Glenmore Ave.
The closest street address is 60 Glenmore Ave.

Opened: July, 2016

Size: 3/4 acre

Wagner Houses Farm

Wagner Houses Farm

Location: Wagner Houses, East Harlem, Manhattan.
At 122nd Street between 1st and 2nd Avenues.

Opened: October, 2016

Size: 1/3 acre

CBO Partner: Harlem Grown

Bay View Houses Farm

Bay View Houses Farm

Location: Bay View Houses, Canarsie, Brooklyn.
At the center of the development.
The closest street address is 2085 Rockaway Parkway.

Opened: September, 2016

Size: 2 acres

Mariner’s Harbor Houses Farm

Mariner’s Harbor Houses Farm

Location: Mariner’s Harbor Houses, North Shore, Staten Island.
At 132 Brabant Street.

Opened: May, 2018

Size: 1 acre

Forest Houses Farm

Forest Houses Farm

Location: Forest Houses, Morrisania, Bronx.
At 730 East 165th Street.

Opened: May, 2018

Size: 1 & 1/3 acre