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“Added Value” – A New Market

February 12, 2009
Our InitiativesYouth Empowerment


  • Summer Youth Intensives: During an intensive eight-week training period new participants develop a strong sense of self and community while learning the skills necessary to grow food from seed to sale.
  • Academic Year Program: Beginning in the fall with the Added Value Institute teens strengthen their core skills while taking over operation of the Farmers’ Market, and building a strong foundation of knowledge related to the critical issues, such as under employment and obesity, that effect our community and develop their capacity to be agents for change.AV Leadership Institute Youth begin the spring honing their abilities to educate and motivate their peers and our community. Working together in groups and on individual projects they sharpen their skills while selecting a core program are to specialize in;
    • Digital Horizons: Our Media Literacy and Multimedia Laboratory
    • Herban Solutions: a Sustainable Business Development project
    • Project Real Improvement: Community Education and Organizing
  • As active participants in the growing Food Justice Movement Participants attend local, national or even international conferences on youth empowerment, urban agriculture, food security and sustainability. Added Value youth make key contributions at these conferences, by planning events and activities, delivering trainings, and documenting the events. By attending these events our teens are educating others about our local efforts and harvesting knowledge from colleagues that will be shared through trainings they develop for their peers or through their reporting on our website.

    Teens who complete the Institute have gained the skills and knowledge necessary to achieve their educational and employment goals and are prepared to lead their peers and community towards a more just and sustainable future. Those wishing to continue their work with Added Value may apply for a Youth Leadership position and work with staff and Interns to run our summer programs.

Urban Agriculture
Red Hook Community Farm working with the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, Added Value is transforming a once dilapidated playground into vibrant community resource where young and old work, study and grow together as they sow, nurture and harvest plants on a 2.75 acre urban farm. Operated by our staff, youth leadership team and a dedicated core of volunteers and interns the Farm is a vibrant intergenerational space and experiential educational environment for all. Food grown on the Farm is sold at our Farmers’ Markets, to local restaurants and donated to those in need. Today the Farm provides sustenance to residents, creates meaningful work for neighborhood teens, generates economic activity and improves the health and well-being of our community.

Farm to School
Added Value hosts a variety of educational programs during the school year. Teachers may choose to come for a half-day or day-long service learning project in which they explore the Farm while learning about the social, economic, and environmental issues related to urban agriculture. A school may also choose to develop a long-term relationship with the Farm in which Students use exploratory learning to support standards-based educational opportunities. Some activities include growing produce in dedicated planting beds and undertake agricultural and food-related educational and arts activities.

Growing A Just Food System
The Red Hook Farmers’ Market and CSA
Through our Farmers’ Markets and CSA we are creating new opportunities for regional farmers and producers to market the highest quality meats, dairy, vegetables and value added products to urban consumers. By working with project partners we are ensuring that all can have access to locally grown, healthy, safe and affordable food. Profits from the sale of produce are cycled back into the program to support stipends for our youth participants. 
Restaurant Partnerships
In addition to our Farmers’ Market and CSA we a pleased to have worked with food providers who have committee have committed themselves to providing the highest quality food to their customers. Currently we work intensively with two locally owned business Restaurant 360 and Restaurant Ici. Throughout the year 360 and ICI work with our staff and youth leaders to make sure that their customers can enjoy the freshest produce available in America and that a portion of the dollars you spend on an excellent meal goes to support the growth of a new generation youth leaders.

Support the local food movement by visiting these establishments

360 Van Brunt St.
(718) 246-0360
246 Dekalb Ave.
(718) 789-2778
Thanks to City Farmer for posting about this & Disseminated by The Erie Wire
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