Urban Farming Initiative
HELP USA has embraced urban farming as a methodology to stabilize its population, provide meaningful employment, and create the opportunity for healthy foods to be enjoyed by underserved neighborhoods.
HELP USA has always recognized health disparities as a critical need in the underserved communities it works in. HELP developed an Urban Farm on Wards Island beneath the RFK Bridge in partnership with PROJECT EATS to provide fresh produce to its shelter cafeterias and its Culinary Arts Program for shelter residents. Additionally the farm delivers fresh produce to community farmers markets in food deserts in Brownsville and East New York.
In anticipation of our redevelopment of our East New York affordable housing developments, HELP USA will use seedling from its Wards Island Urban Farm to create an edible garden for its East New York Residents to enjoy. With help from the Ward’s Island Headquarters this new urban farm in East New York grow to be robust and productive in just a few seasons.
At HELP USA’s Newark Clinton Hill Apartments residents operate and oversee a rooftop garden which produces fresh vegetables for the entire Clinton Hill Apartment tenants. HELP USA has recently developed a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) partnership with local Newark farmers. This partnership will allow HELP’s Clinton Hill residents to expand their urban farm. By next spring HELP’s Clinton Hill residents will have their own fresh produce stand, making fruits and vegetables available to the entire Clinton Hill community.