A collaboration of six Bronx based food and social justice groups has formed the “The Bronx Canasta”, an innovative food production and economic empowerment program. Funded from the USDA’s Community Food Projects Competitive Grant Program, the program is designed to build food system partnerships in the Bronx through which we hope to increase food production, distribution, provide advanced agricultural, culinary and entrepreneurship skills training, and create a sustainable community-led business entity for the Bronx.
Below you can read more about each of the partners that are a part of Bronx Canasta.
Brook Park Youth Farm
Brook Park is a South Bronx community-based environmental organization that engages youth and adults in organic gardening and community-supported agriculture (CSA), including young adults through an Alternatives-to-Incarceration program.
International Rescue Committee (IRC)-
New Roots Community Farm
The IRC responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people survive and rebuild their lives. The IRC’s New Roots program in New York was established in 2011 to help newly-arrived refugees, asylees and other immigrant populations in the south Bronx access and grow fresh, affordable and healthy produce, better integrate into their communities, and become more financially self-sufficient.
La Familia Verde
A coalition of community gardens in the Crotona, East Tremont and West Farms neighborhoods of the Bronx. Formed in 1998, their mission is to sustain the environment and culture of the neighborhood through education, community service and horticulture. Aware of the lack of healthy fresh food and increasing health challenges facing residents in the surrounding neighborhoods, they created the successful La Familia Verde Farmer’s market in 2001, partnering with rural farmers to offer affordable and healthy fresh produce to the surrounding community.
The Mary Mitchell Family & Youth Center
The Mission of the Center is to improve the lives of families and youth in the Crotona section of the Bronx through programs that expand opportunities, develop leadership and build community.
Morris Campus Educational Farm
Morris Campus Farm is a seasonal production farm, which promotes healing of the spirit, mind, and body through agriculture to 1,600 public high school students in the south Bronx. Co-founded in 2017 by New York Botanical Garden’s Bronx Green-Up program, Intersection (a new non-profit founded by former principal Carmen Bardeguez-Brown and Josh Sarantitis), and the four high schools at Morris Campus, Morris Farm offers academic, vocational and social-emotional training through hands on farming experience.
New York Botanical Garden –
Bronx Green-Up, the community gardening outreach program of NYBG, provides horticultural education, training and technical assistance to Bronx residents, community gardeners, urban farmers, local schools and community organizations to improve their neighborhoods through greening and food growing projects.
Small Axe Peppers
Small Axe Peppers, under the direction of John A. Crotty, created the Bronx Hot Sauce in 2014 and partners with local organizations including Bronx Green-Up and the Mary Mitchell Family and Youth Center as well as the Bronx community gardens and urban farms. With one of the other partners Daniel Fitzgerald, Small Axe Peppers distributed serrano pepper transplants, collected the harvest and purchased what was grown for the hot sauce. These funds go directly back to the community growers.