Green City Force is a company with a unique take on how to bring farms into the city to make an impact. Green City Force is turning unused space in New York City’s public housing into urban farms, and working with young people to educate themselves about local food, nutrition, and a deeper connection to how to food is grown and distributed.
Green City Force works with students ages 18-24 providing jobs for youth coming from the New York housing community. They have four farms located in public housing operated by the New York City Housing Authority. They also integrate with the community through educational classes that teach residents and neighbors of the public housing how to cook with the foods grown on the farms. They work with the non-profit The Sylvia Center to teach these cooking skills to public housing residents.
In July, the two organizations teamed up to host an Iron Chef-style event at the Bay View House Farm in Brooklyn. The event highlighted how the local youth working on the farm had transformed both personally and professionally and really cemented the impact the program is having on the youth that participates in it. It’s changing the options for a lot of kids that are short on them in the public housing and giving them the skill sets and the confidence they need to succeed as independent young adults.
To learn more about Green City Force and their mission, check out their website here.