TFFJ continues its expansion within and beyond New York City!
New farms are opening with planned farm construction and program integrations in New York City and Denver. TFFJ is partnering with the New York City Department of Education and Miami-Dade County Public Schools to open farms on multiple campuses within each city beginning in Fall 2023. TFFJ is working with the New York City Department of Education to open farms at Murry Bergtraum High School for Business Careers, Scholars’ Academy, P.S. 183 Dr. Richard R. Green, and M.S. 053 Brian Piccolo.
TFFJ’s farm within the Murry Bergtraum Educational Campus will grow a projected 8,000 pounds of produce per year in a 1,512-square-foot space that is adjacent to the campus cafeteria. This produce will be served to 1,400 students in the campus cafeteria and distributed through partnerships with local CBOs to food-insecure community members. In total, at least 300 Murry Bergtraum Educational Campus students will be actively engaged in STEM-focused farm programming, as well as in our afterschool Food Justice Collective, which provides youth with comprehensive nutrition and health education and food justice advocacy training to help them become educated consumers and creators of solutions to food inequity.
TFFJ is striving to transform the Rockaway Peninsula into a hub for fresh food, nutrition education, and healthy living. The TFFJ hydroponic farm at the Far Rockaway Educational Campus, growing 6,700 pounds of produce per year and serving more than 1,700 students, will be joined this year by three additional farms: Scholars’ Academy, growing up to 8,300 pounds of produce and serving more than 1,100 students, P.S. 183 Dr. Richard R. Green School, growing up to 8,300 pounds of produce and serving more than 460 students, and M.S. 53 Brian Piccolo, growing up to 5,800 pounds of produce and serving more than 1,000 students. Together, these four farms will feed, educate, and empower more than 4,000 middle and high school students, and will grow almost 21,000 pounds of produce that will be consumed by students at lunch in their schools’ cafeterias and distributed to local food-insecure community members via our partnerships with local CBOs, including the Queens Defenders Emergency Distribution Center and The Campaign Against Hunger (TCAH), and the Far Rockaway Educational Campus Grab n’ Go grocery.
TFFJ is working with multiple partners to bring our program to Miami schools, students, and families.
TFFJ NYC School Partners
Murry Bergtraum Educational Campus
P.S. 183 Dr. Richard R. Green
M.S. 053 Brian Piccolo