Borough President James Oddo announced a new partnership today with Snug Harbor Cultural Center's Heritage Farm that will make additional fresh produce available to the hungry via local food banks, including Community Health Action of Staten Island (CHASI) and Catholic Charities. The partnership doubles Snug Harbor's commitment of donating 2,500 pounds of produce to 5,000 pounds during the season, from June to October.
Borough President Oddo has allocated $23,500 to the program which will be used to purchase necessary machinery to expand the farm's production. A rototiller and a bobcat attachment will expand capacity by managing soil health.
The 2.5 acre farm produces a myriad of root and other vegetables. The fresh produce is imperative for a healthy diet and the Borough President wants to be sure that every family who is interested in fresh ingredients has access to these nutritious fruits and vegetables, as well as recipes on how to prepare them.
"Access to fresh, healthy food is paramount to a healthy lifestyle," Borough President Oddo said. "This program gets an additional 2,500 pounds of fresh produce into the hands of families who need it most. This is so important and I'm thrilled to partner with Snug Harbor's Heritage Farm and CHASI and Catholic Charities to make this happen."
"In partnership with the SI Borough President’s Office, the Heritage Farm at Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden is proud to donate 5,000 lbs of fresh, locally grown produce to Staten Island food pantries like Community Health Action Staten Island (CHASI) and Catholic Charities, in order to supply our food insecure neighbors with fresh produce," said Martha Neighbors, Interim President & CEO of Snug Harbor.
“Community Health Action is so pleased to enter this expanded partnership through the Staten Island Borough President’s Office with Snug Harbor Cultural Center’s Heritage Farm to supply just-picked fresh produce for the participants in our food pantry,” CHASI Executive Director Diane Arneth said. “We are also excited about Snug Harbor’s connection with the Hunter College Community Nutrition Program which will provide healthy recipes using these ingredients.”
“This is a true Staten Island story....neighbors helping their neighbors in need. Catholic Charities of Staten Island is proud to partner with Borough President Oddo and the Snug Harbor Heritage Farm to provide fresh produce to the needy we serve on Staten Island,” said Catholic Charities CEO Vincent Ignizio. “With our newly established food hub at Anderson Avenue in Port Richmond comprised of new pallet and refrigeration systems funded by the BP, we will make healthy meals a reality for all Staten Islanders.”
Snug Harbor also has a popular Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program and a few shares are still available for this season. By committing before the season begins, it allows the farm to purchase needed materials (like soil and seeds) to begin the season, which starts June 3 and runs through October 14. For 20 weeks during the growing season on Thursday afternoons from 4:30 – 7:00 PM, members can come to Snug Harbor’s South Meadow Lawn Stage to pick up a bag full of fresh produce grown on the Heritage Farm.
For more on purchasing your own farm share, visit https://snug-harbor.org/csa/.
Additionally, Borough President Oddo has announced the "Get Your Garden On" campaign which highlights the existing Community Shared Agriculture (CSA) programs and green markets on Staten Island, promotes their activities, and encourages residents to consider growing their own food by educating them on the do’s and don’ts of creating their own gardens.
For details, please visit www.statenislandusa.com/getyourgardenon.