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New York: Seeds Planted for Rooftop Gardens to Feed Midtown Needs

Much of the produce Inner City Farmer grows is donated to a women’s shelter and a church’s food pantry in Hell’s Kitchen. | Photo courtesy of Inner City Farmer.

A rooftop garden could provide numerous benefits — including nutritious food and job opportunities — for those who are homeless

By Dusica Sue Malesevic
Chelsea Now
Apr 18, 2018


Winter, of Inner City Farmer and Mudd, of the Midtown South Community Council (MSCC), have partnered to help spread rooftop gardens in and around Midtown. Now entering its third season, Inner City Farmer grows thyme, tomatillos, and, yes, tomatoes on the roof of 205 W. 39th St.

Much of the produce — including collard greens, kale, carrots and all kinds of lettuces — is donated to the Dwelling Place, a homeless women’s shelter at 409 W. 40th St., and across the street to the food pantry Metro Baptist Church. Winter told this publication in a phone interview.

Winter recounted a story about giving tomatoes to a group of guys who are regularly at the corner of W. 39th St. and Ninth Ave. She said she often stops to chat with them, and on this occasion, they ate tomatoes while she explained where, and how, they were grown.

“We [were] connecting,” Winter said, noting that is part of Inner City Farmer’s mission. Her son, who started the initiative, wanted to get fresh, quality produce in the hands of people who might not be able to afford it, she explained.

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