Intervale Green Rooftop Farm

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


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Food Demos with Cornell Cooperative

For the past 3 weeks, the residents at Intervale Green have been participating in weekly food demos held by the Cornell Cooperative. The classes focus on health and nutrition and provide information on what to look for on nutritional labels, the standard serving sizes for grains, protein and dairy as well as how to manage salt and sugar intake. Each class includes a food demo related to the weekly lesson. Last week the residents made a beet, apple, ginger and cucumber slaw and this week they made a black bean and corn salsa. Everyone seems to enjoy the food and the information provided. I can’t wait to see what they cook up next!

 

 

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Greenhouse Makeover

The Greenhouse at the Farm had a bit of a makeover this last Week. Volunteers from NYCares dedicated an afternoon to sorting, organizing and cleaning the greenhouse. The result is an organized, well-ventilated space, perfect for starting seedlings. One of our goals this season is to use the greenhouse even more than last year. This will give us the opportunity to provide more educational activities for the kids and have seedlings ready for the roof throughout the season. Many thanks to the team!

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The NY Cares Volunteers with the Farm Manager (Center)

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The Clean Greenhouse!

 


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NY Cares Visits IG

We had a great start to the season with a visit from NY cares last Thursday. The excessive rain over the past few days had resulted in a growth spurt of weeds at the garden. The containers were overflowing, so the arrival of the NY Cares volunteers was much needed.  Fourteen volunteers arrived around 10 AM ready to work. The task ahead was large, but that did not discourage the volunteers. We had to remove weeds as well as turn the soil. The volunteers were careful not to disturb the existing plants and herbs, which were thriving on the roof.  The removed weeds and old plants were placed in bags and will be used later for composting. At the end of the 2.5 hours, the majority of the containers were cleared of weeds and were ready for compost and fertilizer. Thanks again to NY Cares and Weil for their hard work at Intervale Green!


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Pumpkin Carving & Seed Saving

We had a wonderful final Harvest Giveway at Intervale Green this year. In addition to giving away our final carrots, beets and peas of the season, we carved pumpkins for Halloween. Over 25 children and their parents were able to carve their own pumpkin just in time for the holiday. In addition, everyone scooped out their pumpkin seeds and learned to make a healthy, protein-rich snack: roasted pumpkin seeds. We also gave a workshop on seed saving and set aside some seeds to grow on the roof next year! Due to the overwhelming demand for pumpkins (not every child that attended was able to carve their own pumpkin), we saved a lot of seeds so that we can expand on this activity in 2017.


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Last week to register to vote!

Yesmin Vega, from WHEDco's Community Development Department registering voters at the Harvest Giveaway.

Staff from WHEDco’s Community Development Department registering voters at the Harvest Giveaway.

This week’s harvest giveaway was extra healthy, because we were joined by WHEDco’s Community Development Department staff who were registering people to vote right in the Intervale Green Lobby. General elections are coming up fast, and October 14, 2016 is the deadline to register to vote in New York. If you didn’t get a chance to register in the lobby this Tuesday, but need to register, have moved or are not 100% sure if you’re registered, then request a registration form online with the Board of Education or stop by your local DMV or Board of Elections office to fill out and turn in your form on the spot! For Bronx residents, the closest Board of Elections is located at 1780 Grand Concourse, 5th Floor. The closest DMV is located at 696 East Fordham Road.

 


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Thank you JP Morgan Chase!

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We had an amazingly productive day here on farm today, thanks to a crew of staff from JP Morgan Chase who took the day off from work to help us make sure we have a strong fall harvest this year! With there help we tilled some newly available garden beds and planted baby mixed greens, watered each garden bed by hand with a special fish emulsion fertilizer, separated our strawberry plants and gave them mulch to make it through the fall and winter, and even took cuttings of sedum flowers to spread to areas of our walkways that had gotten thinned out due to the drought. All of these little acts of care on our rooftop farm will bring us a healthy harvest to distribute to residents in the building through the end of October. Today was a global volunteer day at JP Morgan Chase, and we can only imagine what else they made happen across the globe with their powerful teams.