Food Growing Program

The Food Bank for Westchester works in partnership with several local organizations to cultivate unused land for growing fresh organic produce for hungry Westchester residents while also training students, incarcerated youth and adults, and community volunteers on how to grow food. The harvested organic produce is donated to the Food Bank and then distributed to local member agencies for distribution to their communities.

FOOD GROWING PROGRAM LOCATIONS
The Farm
(Our 5 main growing sites producing food for distribution to agencies)

  • Leake & Watts Residential Campus, Yonkers
  • New York School for the Deaf, White Plains
  • Sugar Hill Farm-Westchester Land Trust, Bedford Hills
  • Westchester County Department of Correction, Valhalla
  • Woodfield Cottage, Juvenile Detention, a Leake & Watts facility, Valhalla
The Farm Co-ops
(Community based gardens, that we help to start and support, producing food for direct distribution to the community)
2016
  • Fred’s Pantry, Peekskill
  • Graham School, Mt. Vernon
  • First White Plains Seventh Day Adventist, White Plains
  • Boys and Girls Club, Mt. Kisco
  • Muscoot Farm, Katonah
2015
  • White Plains CAP, White Plains
  • YWCA, White Plains
  • Shepherds Flock shelter, Yonkers
  • ARC of Westchester, Mt. Kisco

Interested in a garden partnership, apply here

Food Growing Program 2014-15 2015-16
# of total acres at 5 sites (The Farm) 3 3
# of total lbs. produce harvested 9,200 10,774
# of servings provided 39,000 65,048
# of education/volunteer work sessions 82 69
# of total participants in work sessions 306 343
# of total participant hours 613 713