The Bushwick Grows! Community Farm will provide interactive learning opportunities and local access to healthy food choices
On Friday, volunteers from the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) and Rebuilding Together NYC (RT NYC) broke ground on a new farm in Bushwick, called the “Bushwick Grows! Community Farm,” led by the RiseBoro Community Partnership.
“Thriving communities require public open space and access to healthy food,” said RiseBoro CEO Scott Short. “An extension of RiseBoro’s Bushwick Cooks Program, the farm will provide access to a healthy food ecosystem offering intergenerational programming for all, and will be the catalyst to unleash the potential of a healthier community.”
Over the course of the day, volunteers dug and filled row garden bed, constructed a large shade structure that will also collect rainwater, turned salvaged tires into raised garden beds, put together picnic tables and benches, and painted the exterior fence and existing structures.
The 5,600-square-foot farm, designed using community and neighbor input and funded by United Way, will offer interactive learning experiences for children and culinary workshops for the wider community. The program will also increase local access to healthy, affordable, fresh produce and promote sustainability.
“In a city short on green space, we’re excited to help bring a farm to Brooklyn,” said Rebuilding Together Executive Director Kimberly George. “The farm will act as an important community resource for kids, families and individuals; open up access to needed fresh produce; and help make our city a greener, healthier and friendlier place to live.”
The farm will open to the public in early summer.