Green movements and economic justice often go hand in hand. New York City’s Red Hook Community Farm and The Greening of Detroit are examples of empowerment projects that go beyond early farm-as-education programs, by training youth and community members in food justice activism, sustainable urban development and community organizing.
Red Hook Community Farm
Added Value began as a community farm in the Red Hook area of Brooklyn in 2000. Their goal was to improve the education and employment opportunities for underprivileged teens. Today Added value operates teaching farms in Red Hook and on Governor’s Island. Their initiatives include economic and food justice education programs, a CSA and farmers market. The program suffered devastating losses in 2012, when Hurricane Sandy submerged the farm. They are in the process of redeveloping the farm and are seeking assistance. Visit Nona Brooklyn for images and coverage the story in “After the Flood.”
Greening of Detroit
The Greening of Detroit is a nonprofit agency that partners with federal, state and local agencies, corporations and foundations to assist neighborhood groups, churches and schools in their efforts to improve the ecosystem in Detroit through tree planting projects, environmental education, urban agriculture, open space reclamation, vacant land management, and workforce development programs.
Transforming this city from a post-industrial urban center into a healthier, safer and greener environment will take commitment and a bold new way of thinking. We are ready for that challenge.
Added Value. (n.d.). Web. Retrieved from http://added-value.org
“After the Flood: Losing The Farm And Dancing In The Street – Ian Marvy, Founder Of The Red Hook Community Farm, On Surviving The Surge In Red Hook. Posted by peter.hobbs.” (Nov 07 2012). Web. Retrieved on August 2, 2013 from http://nonabrooklyn.com/after-the-flood-ian-marvy-founder-of-the-flooded-red-hook-community-farm-on-surviving-the-surge-in-red-hook-and-the-future-of-the-farm/#.UftDxGRASTY
The Greening of Detroit. (n.d.). Web. Retrieved from http://greeningofdetroit.com/