Brooklyn has been having some pretty crazy weather lately- first the tornado that nearly destroyed FarmTina, and then 2 days ago we had a massive rain and hail storm that pretty much finished the job. Thankfully I wasn't relying entirely on my homegrown food to sustain me. I had already harvested some of my small crop, but everything else was destroyed or badly injured.
Some farms in Brooklyn aren't so lucky. I just received word from a friend that Added Value Farm in Red Hook, Brooklyn estimates it has lost 80%-90% of it's crop due to this week's weather- right before harvest. I had expected to be writing a post today about the farm's participation in this weekend's Red Hook Harvest Festival. Now, Added Value Farm needs help!
Here's what you can do if you're in the area:
They need help cleaning the mess that's left in the fields after the storm and transplanting crops. Volunteers are welcome to drop in Thursday, October 14th from 8am-7pm and Friday October 15th from 8am-4pm.
Donations given online will help to rebuild the farm: https://www.epkdesign.com/addedvalue/donateform.php
The 5th annual Red Hook Harvest Festival is still on this weekend! You can celebrate the remaining harvest with the Red Hook community and food, performances, and workshops at a family-friendly event. Pumpkins and t-shirts will be on sale to help support the farm.
Saturday, October 16th
Red Hook Community Farm
3-49 Halleck Street between Otsego and Columbia Streets
From the Added Value website:
Added Value is a non-profit organization promoting the sustainable development of Red Hook by nurturing a new generation of young leaders. We work towards this goal by creating opportunities for the youth of South Brooklyn to expand their knowledge base, develop new skills and positively engage with their community through the operation of a socially responsible urban farming enterprise.
Since opening our doors Added Value has provided long-term training to more than 150 neighborhood teenagers between the ages of 14 and 19, provided hundreds of local elementary school students with educational programs and worked thousands of volunteers to build a more just and sustainable future for all.
Together we have helped revitalize local parks, transformed vacant lands into vibrant Urban Farms, improved our access to healthy, safe and affordable food, and begun to grow an economy that supports the needs of our community.
Currently , Added Value has three main initiatives: Growing a Just Food System, Youth Empowerment, and Farm-Based Learning.