This summer 2012 join us as Open Road connects fresh local food from NYC community gardens and NY State farms with free food, skateboarding, and art programs.
Where: In Fort Green/Clinton Hill and Crown Heights, Brooklyn, the Lower East Side of Manhattan, Jamaica, Queens, and in St. George and the North Shore of Staten Island.
What: Our programs take place after school, weekend, and summer, and use the resources available within schools and within the public feeding programs based in schools to serve the public.
How: Open Road Youth leaders are teaching peers, adults, and kids to plant, grow, harvest, prepare and cook their own fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs. We're working with families to help them use SNAP benefits to purchase food growing plants in local farmers markets. This mutually supports the family, the farmers market host park, and the farmer. These plants are grown in community gardens located in school yards, rooftops and inside school buildings. This helps the school with summer care of the garden, and helps the family with a free place to grow food to harvest.
Why: Resources that already exist can be improved. Our Open Road Youth leaders are negotiating with public feeding sites (schools where free breakfast and lunch is served to anyone under 19). These negotiations aim to include more fresh locally grown fruits and vegetables in these free food programs in Fort Green/Clinton Hill, Crown Heights, Brooklyn, the Lower East Side of Manhattan, Jamaica, Queens, and in St. George and the North Shore of Staten Island.
Our Open Road Youth leaders and Open Road adult staff are negotiating with and maintaining programs with School Food managers and cafeteria staff and the USDA. The aim of these relationships is the have the USDA buy additional quantities of the fresh fruits and vegetables grown in the school gardens, in amounts adequate to serve the entire feeding site.