My Time at Green City Force

March 12, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   Blog   |   Comments Off on My Time at Green City Force»

This blog post was contributed by Urban Farm Corps Member Marcus Staton.

During my time at Green City Force, I have learned a lot about the green sector. From sustainability to Green Infrastructure, basic Integrated Pest Management (IPM), and even food production and composting. But out of my 6 months in the program, the defining point in my service term as an Urban Farm Corps Member would be my time building an urban farm at Forest Houses in The Bronx.

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During Boot Camp, Corps Members serving a 6 month term were assisting the Horticulture and Infrastructure team with building the farm. We laid down tarp, spread wood chips, and built raised beds. The fun part of working on the Forest Houses Farm build was the hands-on experience. Working with power tools, carrying the lumber needed for the raised beds, showing grit and determination during excessive heat, and being able to take part in such a grand opportunity to bring sustainable agriculture to such a crippling food desert. That really means a lot to me as an Urban Farm Corps Member. As a future youth advocate, I deeply encourage residents living in NYCHA that meet Green City Force’s requirements to learn about the many benefits that sustainable agriculture in food deserts can bring to low income neighborhoods and apply to join the corps.

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