September 9, 2014

Food and Water

Photographs and Blog Post by Paula Hewitt. As the school year begins we are continuing to work on FOOD, our advocacy program with youth that brings art, metal working skills, fresh food and drinking water into NYC schools. Our metal and recycled material greenhouse are the home base for our work, and we're expanding to five zones all around NYC, and youth are making maps, art, and helping to improve food gardens on NYC school land, park land, and community gardens. With the election of Mayor Bill DeBlasio there are some new commissioners in the city departments we work with, and also in the last few years there have been some new people working at the city and state level related to our FOOD advocacy work.

Emily Lloyd is the DEP Commissioner:
"Under Lloyd’s leadership, the federal government recognized DEP for its watershed protection programs, earning New York City the status as one of only five cities in the country where the majority of its water supply does not require filtration—saving the city billions of dollars". Source:

She was Commissioner of the NYC Department of Santiation from '92 to '94, during the time that Open Road youth leaders Nando Rodriguez, Raphael Santiago, Lisa Rivera, and Melissa Ramos were working with Tom Outerbridge from DOS on the design and construction of Open Road Park and the Hot Box composting bin. A landfill liner and dozens of truckloads of compost from Fresh Kills, along with expertise from Bill Young, made the remediation of contaminated soil at Open Road Park successful.