via3Garden in the Sky: Via Verde

This year we collaborated on Via Verde, a modern affordable housing project in the South Bronx, by creating a rooftop farm for residents to use and enjoy. In its first season of production, this communal garden featured an assortment of organic, heirloom herbs, vegetables, and edible flowers, 1,000 lbs of which were collected and distributed to PS 43 in the Bronx and Neighbors Together food pantry, while some was distributed amongst the Via Verde Garden Club members. GrowNYC helped tenants form the Garden Club and is providing ongoing programming for two years. Garden members participate in monthly workshops in the community room, equipped with a full kitchen, allowing participants to engage in a variety of gardening and food preparation/tasting demonstrations as well as take home recipes.