The Mariner’s Harbor Houses Farm is Open for Service!

July 06, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   Blog,Projects   |   Comments Off on The Mariner’s Harbor Houses Farm is Open for Service!»

On Tuesday, June 26, the NYC Mayor’s Office hosted the ceremonial launch of Mariner’s Harbor Farm. Farms at NYCHA partners convened at Mariner’s Harbor Houses in Staten Island to celebrate the opening of the newest of the six Farms at NYCHA, bringing vibrant community space expanded access to healthy food to public housing residents. Speakers included Senior Adviser to the Mayor Gabrielle Fialkoff from the Mayor’s Office of Strategic Partnerships, Executive Director of the Staten Island Foundation Betsy Dubovsky, Executive Vice President for Community Engagement and Partnerships at NYCHA Sideya Sherman, New York State Assembly Member Michael Cusick, Tenant Association President of Mariner’s Harbor Houses Ms. Brenda Kiko Charles , and Cohort 17 Urban Farm Corps Member Justin Baker.

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Sideya Sherman, Executive Vice President for Community Engagement and Partnerships at NYCHA addresses the audience. Vito Mustaciolo, NYCHA General Manager also attended. Both are Staten Island natives.

Construction of the Mariner’s Harbor Farm started in late winter of 2018. The build was led by GCF Farm Operations Manager Justin Yockel, with an all GCF alumni team of Farm Construction Apprentices who graduated from Urban Farm Corps Cohort 14. Thank you to our Farm Construction Apprentices: Kenneth Young, Keshanee Gumby and Justin Martinez! The farm at Mariner’s Harbor is made possible through the support of the Staten Island Foundation.

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GCF Urban Farm Corps Member Justin Baker delivers his remarks.

At the launch, Cohort 17 Corps Members welcomed guests to the farm, educating them about their service. With the launch of the Mariners Harbor Farm, the Farms at NYCHA initiative under Building Healthy Communities is now active in four boroughs with six farms.

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Senior Adviser to the Mayor Gabrielle Fialkoff and Executive Director of the Staten Island Foundation Betsy Dubovsky throw an inaugural shovel of dirt on a farm bed.

Thanks to Vito Mustaciolo, NYCHA General Manager; Darren Bloch, Executive Director of the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City; Sara Gardner, Executive Director Fund for Public Health in New York; Kyle Marsh, Brand Manager from Unilever USA; Ben Ireland Field Operations Coordinator at the NYC Department of Sanitation; NYCHA Mariner’s Harbor Property Manager Mae Mathews and maintenance staff; and Regina Ginyard, NYCHA Urban Farm Project Coordinator for coming to Tuesday’s launch and showing their support for the Farms at NYCHA initiative!

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Weekly Farm Stands when local residents can visit the farm to pick up produce and volunteer will begin at a later date. Visit greencityforce.org/FarmsatNYCHA for more information about the initiative.

Mariner’s Harbor Launch Photo Gallery

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