Deputy Mayor Thompson Visits Mariner's Harbor Houses Farm

July 31, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   Blog,Projects   |   Comments Off on Deputy Mayor Thompson Visits Mariner's Harbor Houses Farm»

On Thursday, July 26th, NYC Deputy Mayor Phillip Thompson visited the new Mariner’s Harbor Farm on Staten Island as part of Mayor de Blasio’s City Hall in Your Borough (CHIYB) series. He shared his passion for farming and personal family connection to agriculture, and vision for expanding workforce opportunities in underserved communities.

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Deputy Mayor of Strategic Initiatives Phillip Thompson addresses the Urban Farm Corps at the Mariner’s Harbor Houses Farm.

In addition to the Deputy Mayor and his staff, guests included Tara Singh from Building Healthy Communities at the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice, Rose DeStefano from the Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development, Regina Ginyard, Farms at NYCHA Program Coordinator, and representatives from NYCHA’s Office of Communications.

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Urban Farm Corps Member Diomar Perez shows the Deputy Mayor around the farm.

Deputy Mayor Thompson spoke about his own family’s history migrating from rural farmlands in the south, and how urban people of color had lost some our connection to the land in the move to cities. Farms at NYCHA is part of a new movement of programs that work to reclaim some of that forgotten history and knowledge. Through cooking and nutrition classes with The Sylvia Center, Corps Members learn about the health benefits of nutritious eating and pass that knowledge along to Farm Stand visitors through cooking demonstrations that use seasonal produce from the Farms at NYCHA.

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Deputy Mayor Thompson also showed his enthusiasm for GCF’s mission and our work to ensure that investments in the Housing Authority translate into expanded work opportunities for NYC public housing residents. As a big thinker, the Deputy Mayor was bubbling with ideas to connect NYC’s massive demand for food to local producers in communities across the city. At GCF, we’re excited to be operating at the Mariner’s Harbor Farm on Staten Island, and will continue to work in alignment with the city’s sustainability goals and priorities alongside Deputy Mayor Thompson and his colleagues in City government.

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