The city published a report in 2008 calling East New York one of the highest need neighborhoods for healthier food availability.
East New York has one of the city’s highest diabetes rates and also one of its highest obesity rates.
Recently, it seemed like things were turning up. East New York Farms started 12 years ago, a coalition between United Community Centers and local farmers in the area to provide healthy produce to the population.
Using large community farms for produce, UCC and its interns harvest the food and sell it at a market on Saturday mornings. Independent local famers bring their produce as well.
Below, some of the people involved in the initiative discuss the need for East New York Farms.
Pauline Reed works in four different community gardens. She sells vegetables typical in Jamaican cooking, such as bitter melon.
Lyeta Herb is a vegetarian who sells vegan baked goods at the market.
Joica Ingram is a 14-year-old intern with UCC. She discusses what she gets from her internship.
And, the sounds of the market: