Conference Round Up

Tis the season for urban farming conferences, and Added Value's youth have been working the circuit! They presented a workshop on youth-led markets at the City Grower's Education Conference in February, the Just Food Conference last weekend, and are heading up to the Bronx for the GreenThumb GrowTogether Conference next weekend. They also accepted the McKinley Hightower Beyah Award as part of the Youth Empowerment Summit planning committee, for excellence in food justice activism!                            

Check out more AV news in the March newsletter.

School for Visual Arts Students Feature AV in New Video

During the fall, we were honored to work with Rebecca, Melanie, Sandra, and Edgardo from the School for Visual Arts to produce a wonderful video featuring Added Value's youth. The video was debuted at our 2015 closing celebration on December 10. Check out fall intern Domingo's farm rap during the closing credits!

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Brownstoner Blog Highlights the NYCHA Farm

"Crown Heights resident Sade Bennett is just one of many Brooklynites benefiting from a growing initiative to create gardens in Brooklyn’s food deserts. Through her work on a single-acre farm, the 25-year-old has learned how to grow and cook produce, bringing her closer to goals of bettering her health and community..."

Read the full article: Multimillion-Dollar Farm Program Aims to Feed Underserved Brooklyn Communities.

AV's Winter "Hiatus"

As Added Value's Director Saara heads out soon for maternity leave, the monthly newsletter will go on hiatus until spring. Does that mean everyone will be hibernating? Of course not! Compost operations continue at full swing, so we'll still need weekly volunteers on Fridays and Saturdays to build and turn hot piles in cold weather. And though we've put the farms to bed for the winter, staff will be eagerly preparing for spring programs and plantings. Time to break out the seed catalogs!

Check out more AV news in the December newsletter.

Youth Food Summit

Added Value's teens have been busy this fall both on and off the farm. Together with EcoStation NYC, East NY Farms!, Teenergetic, the High Line, Community Food Advocates, and the Children's Aid Society, they've been organizing the upcoming Youth Empowerment Summit, an advocacy forum for creating systemic change in the food system. This Saturday, Nov. 7, 9am-4pm, at St. Paul's Chapel - email pcfor.yes@gmail.com for more info.                  

Check out more news in the November newsletter.

 

Welcome Fall Interns

We're super excited by our new fall agriculture interns Nefratia Coleman and Domingo Morales! Both are Green City Force corps members who have been working since last spring at our NYCHA farm site at Red Hook Houses. Nefratia is supporting our community farm-share program while Domingo is focusing on school workshops. Welcome Nefratia and Domingo!

Check out more AV news in the October newsletter.

 

New ED Joins AV

This May, Added Value welcomed Saara Nafici as the new Executive Director. Saara brings over a decade of experience in inquiry-based, experiential environmental education with youth. She worked in garden and bicycle-based programs in Berkeley, San Francisco, and Boston before running the teen apprenticeship at Brooklyn Botanic Garden for seven years. Saara is excited to help the farms, our youth, and the organization continue to grow.

Check out more AV news in the September newsletter.

New York Times profiles AV Youth and the Red Hook Community Farm

"...Red Hook, an ancient finger of city waterfront that is lined with the husks of faded industry and old piers, sits two clear miles across New York Harbor from Wall Street. It is another galaxy.

There, on nearly three acres of asphalt that have been covered with 18 inches of topsoil, the Red Hook Community Farm operates in an economy that rises from the actual, not the imaginary: lettuce, spinach, chard, kale, collard greens, arugula, dandelion, radicchio, Chinese cabbage, tomatoes, peppers, beets, radishes, squash, cucumber, zucchini, and beans and herbs — oregano, sage, thyme, mint, six different basils..."

Read the full article: Sweat Equity Put to Use Within Sight of Wall St.

Photo: Michelle V. Agins/The New York Times

Photo: Michelle V. Agins/The New York Times