Monday, June 15, 2015

Red Hook Community Farm

EDITOR’S NOTE: Each week, we feature intergenerational program ideas that were tried and successful. This series is a tool to highlight various age-optimized programs and practices. The program descriptions are provided by representatives of the programs. Inclusion in this series does not imply Generations United’s endorsement or recommendation, but rather encourages ideas to inspire other programs.

This week’s cool idea is Red Hook Community Farm, a 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.

(Check our archives for parts 1-47.)

Neighborhood leaders and local youth, along with regional institutions, created the Farm to address food insecurity, unemployment and the alienation of youth from the Red Hook community.

What was once a dilapidated playground is now an intergenerational center for urban agriculture that serves as an experiential educational environment for youth, adults and elders.

Red Hook Community Farm provides sustenance to residents, creates meaningful work for neighborhood teens, generates thousands of dollars of economic activity and improves community food security.

Got something cool you tried that was successful? Why not tweet your cool intergenerational ideas to #cooligideas? You can also post them to our Intergenerational Connections Facebook Group. We want to highlight innovative age-optimized programs and practices through our blog, social media and weekly e-newsletter! Share the inspiration.

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