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In Brooklyn, Hydroponic Farm Grows Fresh Veggies for Food Bank

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  • In Brooklyn, Hydroponic Farm Grows Fresh Veggies for Food Bank

    Hard times call for creative solutions, and one non-profit has found a creative way to meet the needs of some New Yorkers.
    Photo Credit: CAMBA
    CAMBA provides a number of support services for the community, ranging from legal aid to health services, but what the organization is doing with its food pantry has gained a lot of attention.
    The non-profit has had a food pantry since 1998, but the interesting thing is that the pantry doesn’t just consist of collected canned goods. CAMBA also has its own farm.

    The hydroponic farm was finished in August, 2013 and provides the food pantry with 80 heads of lettuce per week. “We are able to grow year round with no natural sunlight inside of our actual food pantry,” said Janet Miller, a CAMBA Senior Vice President who oversees the emergency food program. They grow bok choy, spinach, lettuce and herbs. In addition to growing their own greens, CAMBA also purchases fruits and vegetables from local farmers.


    The people who receive food from the pantry are allowed to go in and select the veggies they’d like to eat. In this way, participants receive fresher foods and are also able to meet any dietary restrictions they may have.
    Miller says the farm is ran by “fantastic food program supervisor, Lucila Santana, her wonderful pantry assistant, Ralph Samaroonsingh and a committed fleet of senior volunteers, high school interns, and community members.”
    The non-profit is also ran by donations, so if you’d like to donate a little money for new seeds, click here.