Urban Farming & youth empowerment
Added Value Farms is a youth-centered urban farming and food justice non-profit in Red Hook, Brooklyn. We create opportunities for teens to expand their knowledge base, develop their leadership skills, and positively engage with each other, their community, and the environment. We operate two urban farms and a community composting program in partnership with other local organizations and city agencies. The Red Hook Community Farm (2.75 acres) focuses on education and production, while the NYCHA farm (1 acre) focuses on community engagement. Our programs include a teen farm apprenticeship, a weekly farm stand, a CSA, and a school workshop program. We strive to transform vacant lands into vibrant urban farms, improve access to healthy, affordable produce, and nurture a new generation of green leaders.
- Last year, we produced 20,000 pounds of produce at our 2 farms.
- We hire and mentor 5-25 youth per year (spring, summer, and fall) to run our farm and market.
- Our Saturday Farmers Market is open for business June-November, and sells affordable, fresh, pesticide-free produce grown right here in Red Hook!
- More than 1,200 children visited for our farm-based learning program last year.
- In partnership with Brooklyn Botanic Garden and the NYC Compost Project, we compost over 200 tons of organic waste annually.
- Over 60 families invest in the farm through our Community-Supported Agriculture program.
- Hundreds of volunteers support our work through weekly drop-in workdays as well as volunteer events through their workplace.