The Uncommon Life

East New York Farms

November 3, 2010

East New York Farms is no regular farm. It is an “urban farm” that was created in one of the poorest neighborhoods in Brooklyn. The organization literally transformed once abandoned lots into beautiful fields of fruits and vegetables. Its farmers are the young people who live in the community. The food they grow is sold at a bi-weekly farmers market, only to residents of East New York at a price they can afford. They also provide workshops and cooking demonstrations to make health eating more accessible.

They hire a small staff a folks who oversee the operations and development of the youth, including my friend Sarita, who is honestly one of the happiest people I know. It is clear to me she is fulfilled by the mission of organization.

I am passionate about this organization, because I too have been transformed by produce. I got interested in cooking ten years ago after discovering a farmers market across the street from my office. I made simple dishes based on quality ingredients, and slowly over time noticed my health improving. I eventually lost 30 lbs and had a number of health conditions clear up. My experience taught me that improving our food is the best way to improve our health.

It’s the unfortunate truth that poorer neighborhoods, like East New York, generally have higher incidents of obesity and diet-related health conditions. And I think a big reason for that is little access to fresh food and less education about the issue.

East New York Farms is the perfect model to address these issues. I encourage your support by voting for ENY Farms on Facebook.

– Ameet Maturu, Online Marketing Manager

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  • Reply MCatherine November 6, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    After reading too many articles about the lack of fresh produce in inner cities, I am so delighted to discover East New York Farms’ model and efforts! OMGosh! What a fantastic vision.

  • Reply Lionel November 16, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    East NY Farms rocks. It is the most dynamic urban youth agricultural program in the country. The young people are inspiring, hard working, talented, and leading their community. I live in East NY and love East NY Farms. The market they run has everything. Organic produce from the community. Fresh fish. Fresh cooked West Indian foods. Organic vegan ice-cream made by another East NY resident. Sorry, but East NY has it going on.

  • Reply Elana November 16, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    Vote for ENYF! A great program, a great farm. Great people and great food!

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