Slow Food NYC Urban Harvest teaches New York City children about the effects of good food on their health and well-being, the health of their communities, and the health of the planet.

Special thanks to our amazing volunteers Erik Bardin and Matt Powell for this video of Ujima!


Urban Harvest provides structured learning experiences for children to expose them to good food and to inspire them to share what they learn with their families, friends and communities. There are two unique, complementary program components: Urban Harvest in Schools, operating at schools during the academic year (September through June), and Urban Harvest Farm at Ujima, a tuition-free, educational urban farm community resource operating in East New York, Brooklyn during summer months (July and August).

I want to take this moment and thank you for opening your program to Directions For Our Youth @ Cypress Hills Community Center. All of my participants loved going to the farm and they learned so much. They were exposed to new things and for that I am very thankful.
— Alini Hidalgo, Cypress Hills Community Center


Urban Harvest in Schools started at a single school in East Harlem in 2007 and was the first Slow Food in Schools program in the United States. Today, Urban Harvest in Schools financially and logistically supports good food education in elementary, middle, and high schools in the South Bronx and East Harlem, on the Lower East Side, and in Central Brooklyn. On average, about 75% of the students in these schools are eligible to participate in the federal free lunch program for children of low-income families.

Urban Harvest in Schools also provides teacher development, networking and experience-sharing opportunities to foster creative synergies among teachers and students. For example, Slow Food NYC connects educators to a network of urban farmers and other professionals who are committed to good, clean, and fair food.

Our 2016 - 2017 schools include:

In the Bronx:

  • Jonathan D. Hyatt - PS 154X
  • Phipps Neighborhoods - Compass at PS 68
  • Phipps Neighborhoods - Cornerstone at Sotomayor Houses

In Manhattan:

  • Storefront Academy Harlem
  • Manhattan Academy of Technology - PS 126
  • The Earth School - PS 364M

In Brooklyn:

  • Bay Academy for the Arts & Sciences
  • Studio School of Arts & Culture
  • Andreis Huddle Junior High School
  • Compass Charter School
  • The Anne Sullivan School - PS 238
  • Teunis G. Bergen - PS 9
  • Brooklyn Urban Garden Charter School (BUGS)


Urban Harvest at Ujima, started in East New York in 2010, is a tuition-free, educational, urban farm community resource operated by SFNYC during the summer growing season. East New York faces challenges including limited retail access to fresh, wholesome food and health disparities, including avoidable illnesses and deaths. Urban Harvest at Ujima provides comprehensive educational activities that give neighborhood children an understanding of what good, clean, and fair food is and how it affects them, their families and communities, and the planet.

During July and August, Community Organizations — by arrangement — have access to one or more exclusive or shared week-long (Monday through Friday) Program Cycles. Ten to fifteen Student Farmers, aged 6 to 16 (in similarly aged groups, e.g.; 6-8, 9-11, 12-14, or 15-16), spend a week of structured four hour days on the farm. Urban Harvest develops and maintains Community Food Distribution Channels, distributing fresh, wholesome, Ujima-grown food to community members and organizations. 

Our Urban Harvest at Ujima Partners

  • Brownsville Multi-service (BMS) Center at W.A.T.C.H High School
  • Urban Strategies, Inc. Fannie Barnes Summer Day Camp
  • Good Shepard Services Summer Camp
  • PAL Breukelen Community Center Summer Camp
  • Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation Summer Camp
  • BRP Management Group, LLC
  • Zegar Family Foundation

For pictures of Ujima Farm, please visit our facebook page.

WE'RE HIRING FOR THE 2017 SEASON! Click below to see all available positions:

To learn more about our Urban Harvest program, please contact Martina Kenworthy ( or Dee Dee Tiller (