On my way home on the Friday of my week in New York, I stop by Project Eats in Brownsville, a neighbouring area to East New York. Here I meet up with Samantha, one of the Farm School NYC students, to hear about what they’re up to.
The site is just under an acre, upon which they’re growing vegetables and herbs. About 1/3 of their income comes from sales to restaurants, the rest is mostly through grant funding. On the weekends they run a farmstand and give out free breakfast in the local community. This is an area characterised by low incomes and food poverty.
Samantha tells me about a project they are currently running called Farmacy. Working with a herbalist and herbs grown on the farm, the project runs a free herbal medicine service for the local community, giving consultations and bespoke medicines. This serves to remind me of the badass work that groups affiliated with Herbalists Without Borders UK are doing to bring free herbal healthcare to migrants and refugees.