Farms at NYCHA is part of Building Healthy Communities (BHC), a city-wide partnership active from 2015-2020, designed to improve health outcomes in 12 neighborhoods in New York City. Through the initiative, young public housing residents built and maintained farms on public housing properties across the city to serve fellow residents in collaboration 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 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 as well as to eventually build more urban agriculture-based sustainability demonstration sites across the NYCHA portfolio.
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