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

Through our Urban Harvest program, we provide structured learning experiences for children to expose them to good food—inspiring them to share what they learn with their families, friends and communities. There are two unique, complementary program components: 

  • Urban Harvest in Schools, operating during the academic year from September to June

  • Urban Harvest Farm at Ujima, a tuition-free, educational urban farm community resource operating in East New York, Brooklyn during the growing season, April through September

Special thanks to the ongoing support and dedication of our advisory board members including Michael Anthony, Mary Cleaver, Peter Hoffman, Jessamyn Waldman Rodriguez, June Russell, Andrew Tarlow, Bill Telepan, and Ed Yowell!

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Countdown TO #GIVINGTUESDAY

Help Fund Our 2019 FARM Season & NYC School Programs

Why not start the giving season early this year to support good, clean, and fair food for NYC schoolchildren? We’re raising funds to support our 2019 season and need your help to reach our goal before the clock hits zero! Please contribute any amount to help us reach $2,500 by Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at 11:59 pm EST, the close of this year’s #GivingTuesday.

Slow Food NYC is a 100% volunteer-driven organization and all of the money we raise goes directly towards our educational programming across the city. Although we are a chapter of the national organization, our programs are autonomous, and we operate without monetary support from Slow Food USA. Each year, our programs have grown and become integral to both the schools we work with and our community farm in East New York, where we run an educational summer farm resource for children.

Our two programs reach more than 2,000 children throughout the city each year. Help us continue this work to not only serve our current schools with the maximum amount of resources and support, but to also provide this programming to even more schools in 2019.

Here is what your contributions can help us accomplish:

  • $25 can help stock a classroom cupboard with cooking preparation staples

  • $75 sponsors an entire class to tour the Greenmarket with a Grow NYC educator

  • $150 buys a new pop-up tent to start a student-led farm stand or provides an on-site garden consultation or outdoor garden consultation or culinary nutrition workshop with hands-on demonstration

  • $250 provides one of our schools with a professional teacher development workshop

  • $400 makes a full-day of garden building and hand-on planting education for NYC schoolchildren possible

  • $500 provides an entire garden of planters to a school allowing for a flourishing educational resource

Donate here to support our crucial work and see below for pictures of our programs in action!

We know there are numerous nonprofits doing exceptional work in the NYC community and appreciate every donation. No amount is too small to keep our vital programming going and growing. Every dollar helps, and we are incredibly grateful for every level of support.

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URBAN HARVEST IN SCHOOLS

Urban Harvest in Schools started as a single school in East Harlem in 2007 and was the first Slow Food in School program in the United States. Today, the program supports good food education in New York City schools in the South Bronx, East Harlem, on the Lower East Side, and in Central and South Brooklyn. On average, 75% of the students in these schools qualify for the federal free lunch program for children of low-income families.

Each academic year, from September through June, more than 2,000 children are engaged in Urban Harvest supported, good food educational programming, which is customized to meet each school’s need that can include:

  • Professional teacher development incorporating gardens and good food education into class curriculum

  • Outdoor gardens and indoor hydroponic/aquaponic gardening consultations, planning, implementation, and operational support provided by a master urban farmer

  • Culinary nutrition education classes and cooking demonstrations

  • Educated eating classes focused on understanding food labels, portion sizes, calories, ingredients, and nutrition

  • Student planting lessons provided by a master urban farmer

  • Sponsorship and logistical support of student-run farm stands selling local produce (or bounty from school gardens) to the community and neighborhood residents

  • Sponsored Greenmarket tours and market lesson plans to learn about local food production, meet farmers, and taste local produce provided by Grow NYC educators to take home

  • Expense support related to school gardens (equipment, materials, supplies), food and farming-related field trips, cooking classes, farm-to-cafeteria days, and educational class materials focused on food in relation to justice, health, and the environment

Urban Harvest provides ongoing assistance, resources, and troubleshooting throughout the year to our school’s educators as well as support in volunteer recruitment.

Our participating schools include:

The Bronx - Storefront Academy South Bronx, PS 811X The Academy for Career and Living Skills

Brooklyn - PS 238 The Anne Sullivan School, PS 9 Teunis G. Bergen, PS 295 Studio School of Arts & Culture, Brooklyn Urban Garden Charter School (BUGS), IS 98 Bay Academy for the Arts & Sciences, IS 240 Andreis Huddle Junior High School, Compass Charter School

Manhattan - PS 126 Manhattan Academy of Technology, PS 364M The Earth School, PS 108 Assemblyman Angelo Del Toro Educational Complex, PS 20 Anna Silver School

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URBAN HARVEST FARM AT UJIMA

Urban Harvest at Ujima, started in East New York in 2010, is a tuition-free, educational, urban farm community resource operated by Slow Food NYC 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 Farm 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 the planet.

During July and August, community organizations have access to one or more exclusive or shared week-long program cycles. Groups of student farmers from the ages of six to 16 spend a week on the farm (Monday to Friday) with structured four-hour days of activities. Urban Harvest develops and maintains community food distribution channels to bring fresh, wholesome, Slow Food-grown produce to the neighborhood.

Thank You to our Urban Harvest Farm at Ujima Partners:

  • BRP Management Group, LLC / EYN Development, LLC

  • CAMBA Cornerstone at Boulevard Community Center

  • CAMBA Cornerstone at Cyprus Hills Community Center

  • CAMBA Cornerstone at Penn-Wortman Community Center

  • CAMBA Cornerstone at Louise H. Pink Houses

  • East New York Farms

  • Greenmarket, a program of GrowNYC

  • New York Community Food Advocates

  • Zegar Family Foundation

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To learn more about our Urban Harvest program, please contact:

The work we do through our Urban Harvest program would not be possible without the dedicated support and tireless efforts of Slow Food NYC Board Supporter Ed Yowell.

An additional special thanks to our amazing volunteers Erik Bardin and Matt Powell for the video of our urban farm resource at the top of this page!