Intervale Green Rooftop Farm

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


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Strawberries are Here!

It is strawberry season! Our rooftop garden patch of delicious, red strawberries came back strong this year. Join us any Tuesday from 3-7pm for open volunteer hours on the Intervale Green Rooftop Farm (accessible on the 7th floor). Bring your children and see how many ripe strawberries they can find. Don’t delay! We only have a few more weeks of strawberries before they cannot handle the heat!

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Marius and his brother look for ripe strawberries on the Intervale Green Rooftop Farm with their mom. The brothers learn that white strawberries are too sour to eat!


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Volunteering on the Rooftop Farm

A group from JPMorgan Chase & Co. volunteered at the Intervale Green Rooftop Urban Farm this month! Thank you for helping us build a greater Bronx!  These volunteers helped us get rid of the last round of pesky weeds before planting vegetables for the season. Are you part of a group that would like to volunteer? Contact Farm Manager Lauren Melodia at lmelodia@whedco.org to schedule a volunteer day!

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Volunteers amend the soil and plant okra after weeding the vegetable beds.

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Our volunteer group from JPMorgan Chase & Co. posing in front of the herb garden on our rooftop farm.


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Getting Started!

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Happy Spring and welcome to a new year at WHEDco’s rooftop farm at Intervale Green. We just get the greenhouse up and running and seeded some trays with some exciting new additions to the farm. We’ve got watermelon, sweet corn, tomatillos, west indian seasoning peppers and more germinating in the greenhouse! Join us for our new resident farmer orientation and sign-up tonight, Thursday April 21st in the Intervale Green Community Room from 6-8pm to get involved!


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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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