Urban Farms Program for Homeless and Disabled

Urban Farms Program for Homeless and Disabled

By Bryan Campos
Harlem View
May 17, 2021

Bryan Campos reported on our Urban Farms program for Harlem View, which highlights often under-reported community issues in Harlem, Upper Manhattan, and communities throughout New York City where City College students live, work and play.

Bryan interviewed S:US staff and urban farmers during our Earth Day volunteer event on how S:US serves people who have experienced homelessness, people who have mental illness, and people with intellectual/developmental disabilities. They also discussed how we use horticulture as a tool to improve wellness outcomes and help those who participate to achieve their personal and professional goals.

“We get about 500 pounds of food a year from this garden, which is distributed free of charge to the residents.”
– Mike Hollis, S:US Urban Farms Director

“The garden, especially in this time of COVID, is a way to get together safely, to be able to socialize at a distance, and to be able to enjoy fresh air and openness.”
– Judith Jackson, S:US Chief of Staff

“It keeps me busy. I learned a lot of things — I cut the grass, sweep up, and I take the garbage out.”
– Anthony, resident and Urban Farmer

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