Whether it’s at a two acre urban farm on the grounds of a NYCHA development, a school garden, or a community garden plot, New Yorkers clearly love to grow food. Urban agriculture projects can be a great way to build community and provide opportunities for learning about and tasting fresh, healthy foods. And growing your own food is also environmentally friendly: home grown fruits and vegetables do not require the packaging, storage, and transportation that store bought items do.
To combat food waste, New Yorkers have more opportunities to donate edible food they don’t need and to compost their food scraps. This is part of the city’s Zero waste management strategy.