Wednesday, April 15, 2015 -
1:00pm to 2:30pm EDT
City Hall, NYC
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As part of a city-wide Building Healthy Communities Initiative rolling out of the Mayor’s Office, the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) and Green City Force are teaming up to expand upon their extremely successful urban farming pilot at the Red Hook Houses initiated in June 2013 and co-founded with Added Value. Over the next 3 years, an additional five farms will be built utilizing the acres of vacant land surrounding identified developments in four of the five boroughs. Young NYCHA residents will grow food, increase food access for residents, provide nutrition education at farm markets and engage the community through an innovative workforce training program developed by Green City Force.
Come hear about this dynamic partnership aimed at addressing health disparities and fresh food access by leveraging youth leadership and cultivating resident engagement, positioning NYC as a leader in the rapidly growing field of urban agriculture and food justice.
Welcome and Introductory Remarks:
- Gabrielle Fialkoff, Director, New York City Mayor’s Office of Strategic Partnerships
- Sara Gardner, Executive Director, Fund for Public Health in New York
- Rasmia Kirmani-Frye, Director of Public Private Partnerships, New York City Housing Authority
- Rick Luftglass, Executive Director, The Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund
Discussion of NYCHA Urban Farm Pilot at Red Hook Houses:
- Lisbeth Shepherd, Executive Director, Green City Force
(accompanied by Green City Force alumni)
Introduction of New Urban Farm Initiative:
- Melanie Hart, Executive Vice President for Community Programs and Development, New York City Housing Authority
All interested funders and invited guests.
Registration is required by April 13.
Members: To register yourself and/or a colleague at your organization, please click the Register Now link above. (no fee)