Intervale Green Rooftop Farm

A Bronx Urban Farm Sponsored by Women's Housing and Economic Development Corporation (WHEDco)


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Urban Farm and Healthy Living Kick-Off celebrates Earth Day

On Friday, April 24, WHEDco hosted the Urban Farm & Healthy Living Kick-Off event at Intervale Green in celebration of Earth Day 2015. The event signals the official start of regular cultivating operations on the Rooftop Urban Farm located atop Intervale Green, WHEDco’s second affordable housing development located on the corner of Southern Boulevard and Louis Niné Boulevard in the Bronx. Residents enjoyed garden-themed activities for kids, cooking demonstrations by the Lehman College Nutrition Club, raffles and giveaways, smoke-free housing education from the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Crotona Park activity information from the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, and healthy living promotion by WHEDco’s Family Support Services staff.

Youth residents of Intervale Green play a taste-test game with fruits and veggies

Youth residents of Intervale Green play a taste-test game with fruits and veggies

Activities for children included nutritional trivia and flower planting. Children crowded around a large soil container waiting their turn to get their hands dirty and plant flowers they could take home in small pots.

“It’s important to foster a connection with nature at an early age to ensure those values are seeded in the next generation,” said Katrina Ceguera, Farm Manager of WHEDco’s Rooftop Urban Farm. Ms. Ceguera engaged the children in an array for gardening activities, such as using common gardening tools, planting flowers and herbs, and cultivating healthy soil. Parents also participated as their children expressed natural affinities for healthy living and environmental preservation.

“This event spreads health awareness among our residents and introduces them to nutritional services provided by our Family Support staff,” said Pamella Poueriet, Family Support Worker at WHEDco. Services provided by Family Support include a weekly food pantry at Urban Horizons, WHEDco’s first affordable housing development, and access to Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) resources, among others.

Residents enjoyed delicious, healthy food and beverages donated by Pret A Manger, with volunteers from the Pret Foundation, and ‘Wichcraft, organizations that support healthy cooking and living in urban areas.
WHEDco board member and celebrity chef, Russell Jackson, was also in attendance. Mr. Jackson advised parents on how to make everyday meals healthier and more nutritious by replacing low-quality ingredients with healthier, affordable alternatives.
We thank our partners for making this event a huge success.


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Earth Day Urban Farm & Healthy Living Kick-off Event!

In celebration of Earth Day 2015, the Intervale Green Rooftop Urban Farm and celebrity chef Russell Jackson will host the Healthy Living Kick-Off event on April 24th from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. for building residents to promote healthy eating and physical activity. The event will include garden-themed activities for kids, cooking demonstrations from Lehman College Nutrition Education students, smoke-free housing education from the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Crotona Park activity information from the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, healthy living promotion by WHEDco’s Family Support Service staff, and nutrition related activities from WHEDco’s dietitian staff. There will also be a raffle for residents to win a home gardening kit. Special thanks to our donors Pret A Manger and Wichcraft who have donated delicious, healthy food for the event! Also, thank you to the volunteers from Pret A Foundation who will help organize and coordinate activities on April 24th.

Contact Katrina Ceguera, Farm Manager, with for more information: katrinaceguera@gmail.com

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Thank You to all residents, volunteers, and partners of 2014!

farmskyline1Thank you to all the 2014 residents, partners, donors, and volunteers, including Lehman College Nutrition Education students who helped close out the season in November (Jhanelle, Alicia, Katherine, and Shawntelle), for all your dedication and work cultivating WHEDco’s Rooftop Urban Farm!

See you next year!


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Volunteers from Pret A Manger and Green City Force work on our Rooftop Urban Farm

Thank you to Pret A Manger staff and Green City Force, WHEDco’s partners, who volunteered on WHEDco’s Rooftop Urban Farm in October. The volunteers worked tirelessly clearing plots for winter, harvesting fresh herbs and vegetables

including, sage, dill, mint, basil, parsley, rosemary, chives, green peppers, scallions, carrots, and beets, and adding over 100 pounds of garden scraps to compost. The fresh herbs and vegetables were distributed to over a dozen apartments at Intervale Green.

In addition, thank you to Green City Force for volunteering at WHEDco’s greenhouse at Intervale Green, as they planted spinach seeds for winter and harvested collard greens that were distributed to residents.

A great dig!

A great dig!

Two thumbs up from Pret!

Two thumbs up from Pret!

Picking mint leaves!

Picking mint leaves!

Green City Force clearing plots.

Green City Force clearing plots.

Green City Force takes over our urban green house

Green City Force takes over our urban green house

Herb table!

Herb table!


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St. John’s Students prepare the rooftop for the off-season

Thank you to the students of St. John’s University for their service on WHEDco’s Rooftop Urban Farm! The 22 volunteers worked on most of the farm by clearing crops for winter, weeding, and harvesting vegetables that were later distributed to residents. We value our partnership with St. John’s University and we look forward to seeing them again next year!2014 2712014 264


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The rooftop farm gets ready for fall.

We were fortunate to have volunteers from New York Cares come up and help get the rooftop farm ready for fall. Gina, Nana, Thuy, Carina, Justin, and Kiah worked tirelessly in the August heat to ensure the farm continues to produce well into the colder months. We weeded, cleared some space, and planted fall crops.
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We planted the second round of arugula, carrots, peas, and transplanted cabbage and kale.

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We’re not giving up on our late summer crops, even if it is September. The heat continues and the plants keep producing. The okra is about to explode with delicious pods and the strawberries are giving us their last hurrah!

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And the rooftop tomatoes are nowhere near done!

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Thank you to the New York Cares volunteers for all their hard work. I encourage you all to come back for our Fall Harvest Festival. Please stay tuned for more exciting news from the rooftop farm!

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