Brooklyn food pantries go grow-your-own with indoor hydroponic farm
Bedford-Stuyvesant pantry provides veggies to hundreds of families each week
By Lore Croghan
New York Daily News
March 13, 2012
A Bedford-Stuyvesant food pantry built an indoor farm where clients grow fresh produce year-round — and provide vegetables for hundreds of families a week.
“People feel very passionate about this farm; they’re eating better,” said
Mireille Massac, who runs the food pantry and farm at Child Development Support Corp., where clients learn hydroponic growing techniques that don’t require sunlight or soil. “Their children are eating better.”
At the Classon Ave. social service agency, the weekly harvest delivers dark-leaf lettuce, bok choy, and collard greens.
Brooklyn is in the grip of an urban farming craze.
Grow-your-own is going strong, from rooftop gardens to massive plantings at public high schools.