The 2018 hurricane season has been extraordinarily active in parts of the U.S., with Hurricane Florence currently impacting millions in the Carolinas. As this natural disaster unfolds, the staff here at VolunteerMatch is doing its part to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you are prepared and safe. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know about the most effective ways to contribute.
To organize youth and adult residents to address food issues in their community by promoting local and regional sustainable agriculture and community-based economic development.
The project is a partnership between community based organizations (the United Community Centere and the Local Development Corporation of East New York); educational institutions (the Pratt Institute Center for Community and Economic Development and Cornell University Cooperative Extension); local community gardeners, youth, and craftspeople; and regional family farmers. Together, we grow food for the community, engage youth in hands-on agricultural learning and leadership training, develop economic oipportunities for small scale producers and other entrepreneurs through a neighborhood farmers' market, preserve community gardens as open space, and educate residents about healthy food and healthy environments.