NYCHA Lets Young Residents Grow Healthy Food From Harlem To Hollis

Daily New reports that Public housing residents across the city are learning how to have a green thumb right in their own backyards.

The city’s housing authority has created farms within the Howard Houses in Brownsville, Bay View Houses in Canarsie, Red Hook Houses in Red Hook and Wagner Houses in Harlem. The idea is for residents ages 18 to 24 to learn how to create a healthy environment for their neighbors and themselves.

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“It was great to bring the farm to the community,” said Josh Owens, a former Red Hook resident and graduate of Green City Force.

In partnership with NYCHA, over 330 residents have completed Green City Force’s two tracks, the Urban Farm Corps and the Love Where You Live Corps, since 2009.

“NYCHA has an enormous population — 403,000 people — that’s a city within a city and we will continue to partner with them,” said Bahij Chancey, a development associate with Green City Force.

Enrollment for the May session ends on April 2, 2017.

Residents working at the four farms learn about gardening, food justice, culinary arts, nutrition, carpentry and community development.

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