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GENERAL RESOURCES FOR HEALTHIER Hattie Carthan Community Garden and Farmers HOW TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE:

NEIGHBORHOODS Market – Lafayette Ave. and Clifton Pl. at Marcy Crown Heights needs more options for fresh produce
There are number of organizations that Crown Ave., Bed Stuy. “Growing fresh food & healthy and other healthy foods, especially sustainable and
Heights residents can utilize to make access to
healthy foods easier. Below is a sample:
people in Central Brooklyn.” Large active
community garden and farmers market. Workshops,
organic foodstuffs. Small grocery stores, bodegas,
and fruit stands do carry some fruits and vegetables
Crown Heights
Brooklyn Food Coalition – A grassroots partnership
youth programs, cooking demos, community events,
a new chicken coop and more! Provides a wealth of
and increasing amounts of certified organic produce.
Restaurants and cafes offer a vibrant variety of Eat Healthy/Eat Local
of groups and individuals working to achieve a just information for anyone looking to revitalize their cuisines, including but not limited to Chinese,
and sustainable system for tasty, healthy and neighborhoods through healthy food, gardening, Caribbean, African, kosher, soul food, contemporary Resource Guide
affordable food and to provide a platform for urban farming and green space. American, vegan and Ital food options. Also
Brooklynites to speak to food issues. Sponsors www.hattiechartancommunitygarden.com or 718- independent companies making small batches of
workshops, panels, conferences, events and much 638-3566 locally sourced food products are growing in the
more. A great resource for anyone looking to join a area. However, fast food abounds and tends to be
local group and work on food issues. cheaper than other choices. A compilation of local resources
www.brooklynfoodcoalition.ning.com COMMUNITY SUPPORTED AGRICULTURE (CSA) for eating healthy in our
Community Supported Agricultures (CSAs) provide For a healthier community:
Just Food – A leading organization connecting local city residents with the opportunity to become neighborhood.
farms to NYC neighborhoods and communities since shareholders in small farms by purchasing a portion • Ask your local stores to stock food that is
1995. Its mission is to unite local farms with city of the farm’s crops during a particular season. affordable and contains high nutritional
residents of all economic backgrounds with fresh, Small farmers stay in business and urban folks value. Featuring information about:
seasonal food grown sustainably. Assists community receive a weekly or bi-weekly supply of fresh local • Encourage your neighborhood restaurants,
gardens, urban farms and CSAs with wide array of produce, generally grown with organic and cafes, and grocery stores to buy locally and
programs. sustainable methods. organically, where possible, including from Community Gardens
www.justfood.org or 212-645-9880 ext.221 community gardens and urban farms.
Central Brooklyn CSA – Distribution Site: Hebron • Know what is in your food, educate yourself
Educational Programming
Grow NYC – Winner of the EPA’s 2010 Environmental SDA Church, 1256 Dean St (corner of New York Ave). and your family about good nutrition and Farmers Markets
Quality Award, this nonprofit organization runs 50 Farm Partner: Mimo Mex Farm, Goshen, NY. Free of learn what foods to avoid. Eat healthy/eat
Greenmarkets across the city, as well as a wholesale chemical pesticides/fertilizers; working toward local!
Food Justice Organizations
greenmarket, youth markets, the New Farmer organic certification. Vegetable, fruit and egg Community Supported Agriculture
Development Project and programs related to shares. 22 week season starting in June. Sliding This resource guide was researched and created by
recycling, environmental education and community scale payment system; accepts SNAP benefits. participants in the 2010 Leadership Training
gardens. Let’s bring a Green Market and/or Youth Sponsored in part by Farm Fresh Initiative, a Institute at Crown Heights Community Mediation
Market to Crown Heights! www.grownyc.org program run by the New York City Coalition Against Center. The annual Leadership Training Institute at
Hunger. Trip to farm generally included in share. the Mediation Center looks for passionate Crown
Green Thumb NYC – Established in 1978, and a More info at: Heights residents who want to engage in community
program of the NYC Parks Dept. since 1995, this www.centralbrooklyncsa.wordpress.com. issues and learn leadership skills together to make a
organization is the nations’s largest urban gardening Contact: Maia Raposo positive difference in Crown Heights. Contact the
program, providing assistance to over 600 gardens mraposo@nyccah.org Mediation Center if you would like to join the
and 20,000 garden members throughout NYC. Want 212-825-0028, ext. 205 program.
help starting a community garden or maintain,
revitalize or expand an existing one? Green Thumb Crown Heights CSA – Distribution Site: Georgia’s Funding for Leadership Training Institute is
can help! Sponsor of numerous workshops and Place, 691 Prospect Place at Bedford Avenue. provided by the New York City Council.
programs throughout the year. Vegetable shares from Sang Lee Farms (NOFA-NY
www.greenthumbnyc.org or 212-788-8070 Certified Organic) and meat, poultry, cheese and
bread from Lewis Waite Farms, as well as fair trade
East New York Farms – 613 New Lots Ave. coffee from Crop to Cup. 23 week season starting in
Successful program combining urban farming, June. Limited income payment plans are available
community gardening and individual gardening on a case-by-case basis. Trip to farm generally
support, youth programs, workshops, volunteer included in share. More info and contact form at
farming days, a farm stand and more. A great www.crownheightscsa.org. 256 Kingston Avenue
resource for learning more about the urban farming Brooklyn, NY 11213
movement and how to do it right! www.crownheights.org
www.eastnewyorkfarms.org or 718-649-7999 crownheightsmediationcenter.blogspot.com
718-773-6886
EAT HEALTHY/EAT LOCAL RESOURCE GUIDE chickens, Bkfarmyard’s egg CSA, as well as urban educational working farm. The Farm will be FARMERS MARKETS
chicken raising workshops. More info: integrated into the school curriculum with lessons Farmers markets are a great way for small local and
You are what you eat. We have all heard this phrase www.bkfarmyards.com on sustainable agriculture, nutrition and community urban farms to sell their produce in the open air.
many times. But it’s not always so easy to know development. The crops will be sold to the Farmers sell whatever is fresh and in season. Many
what the healthiest food choice is or where to find Mama Dee’s Garden – 1397 Bedford Avenue at St. community at a student run farmstand (see Farmers farmers vending at markets use organic and/or
nutritious options that are reasonably priced. Mark’s Ave. Vegetable gardens, community space, Markets section). Go to www.bkfarmyards.com to sustainable practices.
Indeed, Central Brooklyn, of which Crown public hours, opportunities for youth gardening. learn about volunteer opportunities, upcoming
Heights is a part, has been identified by many events and to view photos of the farm’s progress. Weeksville Farmers Market – 1698 Bergen St.
studies in recent years as an underserved 1100 Block Bergen Association Garden – 1100 and between Buffalo Ave. and Rochester Ave. Saturdays
neighborhood in terms of access to healthy food, 1005 Bergen St. between New York Ave. and The Nutrition and Health Program of Cornell from 9:00am to 4:00pm mid-June through October.
including fresh produce that is both affordable and Nostrand Ave. Mature shade trees, children’s University Extension Central Brooklyn Branch – Located at Weeksville Heritage Center, which
easily available. Diabetes, obesity and other chronic workshops, vegetable beds. One of the first NYC 1345 President St., between Brooklyn Ave. and documents and preserves the history of the free and
illnesses related to the lack of a healthy, balanced community gardens to utilize a rainwater harvesting Kingston Ave. Through its education initiatives, the intentional 19th century African American
diet have become an epidemic in our neighborhood. system. Cornell Cooperative Extension assists individuals of community of Weeksville. The historic Hunterfly
Luckily, we do have an increasing number of all ages to make informed decisions about food and Road Houses, located at the Center and dating from
organizations and businesses in Crown Heights, as Eastern Parkway Garden – Union St. between nutrition, health and fitness, resource management, 1840-1880s, are original domestic structures of the
well as additional resources throughout NYC, Franklin Ave. and Classon Ave. Green Thumb NYC is food safety, parenting and health care. Its major historic community. Features wide variety of locally
working to improve quality of life by providing assisting this garden in rebuilding after numerous programs include Expended Food and Nutrition grown produce, honey, jams and baked good.
nutritional/agricultural education, green space, disruptions caused by its location so close to the Education Program, Eat Smart New York, Emergency Accepts EBT, FMNP, senior coupons and Health
community and urban gardening options, local, Shuttle Station on Eastern Parkway. Traditional site Food Assistance Program, Kitchens of Faith, Food Bucks. Free gardening and cooking workshops for all
sustainable and organic food choices and exercise of large vegetable producing garden. Stay tuned for and Nutrition Learning Centers and Farmers Market ages including food tastings, cooking demos
and wellness centers. This guide is not meant to be future developments! Nutrition Education Program. sponsored by Just Food and container gardening and
exhaustive; rather we hope that it will start a Contact: Khin Mar Cho, Ph.D. composting classes. www.weeksvillesociety.org
conversation about what is already available in our 718-363-1016 Ext.326 Contact: 718-756-5250
neighborhood, what should be made available and EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS Fax 718-493-1768 info@weeksvillesociety.org
how we can all become involved in creating a Access to comprehensive nutrition and health kc458@cornell.edu
healthier food environment for ourselves and our education for both children and adults creates Urban Oasis Farmers Market – Look for blue tent
neighbors. Eat healthy/eat local and enjoy! communities that are able to make informed Berean Community and Family Life Center – 1641 and gazebo at corner of Clarkson Ave. and Troy Ave.
choices about food, exercise and the local Bergen St., between Utica Ave. and Rochester Sponsored by Kingsboro Psychiatric Center and
environment and to demand more and better health Ave.“Where hearts of love and hands of hope meet Cornell University Co-Operative Extension.
COMMUNITY GARDENS and nutrition resources. to embrace the whole you.” First faith-based Wednesdays 1:30-6:00 pm July-November. Urban
Urban community gardens provide green space, organization in New York City to focus primarily on Oasis is a vocational program at the Kingsboro
outdoor recreational facilities, improve air quality Seeds in the Middle – P.S. 91, 522 Albany Ave. at health and wellness for adults and kids. Created as a Psychiatric Center in which clients learn
and often utilize derelict vacant lots. Increasingly, East New York Ave. “Inspiring Social Change through community development corporation by the historic horticultural skills and grow organic, non-GMO
community gardeners are also growing vegetables Sustainable Health.” The Seeds program, named by Berean Baptist Church. Programs include Life Cycle, plants onsite, both outdoors and in a commercial-
and herbs, as well as raising chickens for fresh eggs. 4th graders, currently operates at P.S. 91 and 8-week program for adults that supports health, grade greenhouse, many reflecting the Caribbean
As a result, community gardens play a vital role in integrates indoor and outdoor gardens and wellness, weight loss and fitness goals through culture of the neighborhood. Vegetables, house
providing agricultural/nutritional information and nutritional education, the Hip2BHealthy Market for nutrition and behavior modification classes, a plants and seasonal local fruits are sold. Accepts
healthy food options for community residents. healthy food snack choices, sports, arts, cooking, fitness segment and sharing of healthy meals; NYS Farmers Market Checks and EBT.
field trips related to health and nutrition and “Weigh-to-go Kids” an 8 week program for kids 8-13 Contact: Susan Braverman
Walt L. Shamal Community Garden – 1095 Dean St. parent/child/school employee events centered focusing on lifelong success in weight management susan.braverman@omh.state.ny.us
between Franklin Ave. and Bedford Ave. Vegetable around healthy food and recreational activities. P.S. and featuring meal planning, nutritional counseling, 718-221-7132
beds, plant sales, currently home to six egg laying 221 and M.S. 394, also in Crown Heights, have begun exercise and fitness; Life Cycle Support peer group
chickens. Sponsors Green Thumb NYC workshops to integrate some of Seeds’ programs into their for Life Cycle participants; Sit and Get Fit chair H.S. for Public Service Farmers Market – 600
open to the public. Hosts annual “Arts on Dean classrooms. For more information and how to aerobics; Body and Soul nutrition education; Search Kingston Ave. between Rutland Rd. and Winthrop St.
Festival” in August. volunteer go to www.seedsinthemiddle.org. Your Heart sponsored by American Heart Wednesdays 3:30-7:00 pm starting late June. First
Contact: Nancie Katz Association; Cardio Kickboxing; One-on-One season (2010) of this student-grown and operated
Imani Garden – 87-91 Schenectady Ave. between 917-697-3745 Nutritional Counseling; and Go Teens Go health and farm stand (see Educational Programs Section).
Dean St. and Pacific St. Site restored in 2008 with seedsinthemiddle@gmail.com fitness especially for teenagers. Also sponsors events Collards, kale, turnip greens, radishes, beets,
assistance of New York Restoration Project utilizing such as an Annual Walk Against Childhood Obesity. cilantro, basil, lettuce, salad greens and more as
permaculture techniques. Wide variety of heirloom High School for Public Service Youth Farm – 600 Contact: info@bereancommunity.org the summer progresses - maybe even eggs from
fruits, vegetables, community green space and Kingston Ave. at Rutland Rd. In partnership with 718-778-2938 Imani Garden! (see Community Gardens section.)
public open hours. Student program in partnership Bkfarmyards, the High School for Public Service is www.bkfarmyards.com
with P.S. 140. Currently home to 40 egg laying turning the school’s one acre lawn into an