Bed Stuy Campaign Against Hunger Far Rockaway Urban Farm
The mission driving our Rockaway Farm Project is to build a diversified, dynamic, profitable four season farming operation, growing healthy local produce for disadvantaged residents of the Rockaways and selling local produce iinto NYC markets. Our aim is also to build a farm that provides educational opportunities and creates green jobs for local residents. Drawing on advice from Thomas Hallaran of FeedBack Farms, Clara Coleman of Four Season Farm Consulting, Katie Goodall an Agroecology PhD candidate at UVM, and Michael Meehan, a former instructor at the Farmer Training Program at the University of Vermont; our plan would make productive use of the key features of the property: the proximity to communities of need and high end markets. Our plan for the BSCAH Rockaway farm would create several local jobs - a farm manager and several farm crews in the height of the season in year two. The farm would provide nutritious food to local residents and sell to NYC establishments. Finally the farm would provide educational opportunities for youth to learn the varied production strategies we plan to employ. We believe we have started to build a profitable farm that is a valued asset to the community. BSCAH will evaluate our successes base on poundage of food distributed in the Rockaway community and the ability to engage restaurants to participate by purchasing local produce fromour farm, the success of our farmers market and also how many schools and school age children will participate in our nutrition education programs as well as visit the farm.
KGI is a nonprofit community of over 30,000 people who are growing some of our own food and helping others to do the same.
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