Brooklyn Grange, like many small farms, plays an important role in the local community as a center for food and farm education. In addition to hosting our own non-profit educational program, City Growers, we partner with several local organizations and schools to advocate for sustainable food and make sure that all members of the community have access to the farm and the food we grow.
Our friends and neighbors at Build It Green (one of the coolest places to shop if you’re looking for reclaimed building materials in NYC) operate this amazing compost project for the Western Queens community that we are lucky enough to be a part of. The program has brought us hundreds of tons of compostable food waste and yard trimmings over the years and helps to keep our soil healthy and nutrient-rich.
Fortune Society is located just down Northern Blvd from Brooklyn Grange’s flagship farm in Long Island City, and we are proud to call them a neighbor and partner. As part of their widespread efforts to support individuals re-entering society after life in prison, Fortune operates a comprehensive food and nutrition program that engages ex-offenders in cooking workshops and sustainable food education. This year Brooklyn Grange had the honor of hosting Fortune’s students on farm visits, as well as supplying the program with fresh vegetables for in-class cooking and CSA shares for participants to take home and share with their families.
As part of its Farm to Cafe program, Growing Up Green Charter School in Long Island City has been sourcing fresh local vegetables from Brooklyn Grange. We are thrilled that a large amount of our harvest is ending up on the cafeteria tables (and in the bellies) of the children at Growing Up Green.