BENEFITING: PATHSTONE CORPORATION
This project aims to reach not only community members interested in gardening, but also those most in need. By waiving the bed reservation fee for gardeners and organizations interested in donating their produce to soup kitchens and food banks, gardeners are encouraged to provide nutritious sustenance to financially distraught citizens. This service translates to a core group of gardeners interested in serving the community by producing food and supporting the growth of a local agriculture tradition.
In the City of Newburgh’s current food system, many citizens encounter several educational and economic barriers to acquiring nutritious, natural foods combined with a poverty rate that is 205% higher than the state average. As a result, children in the area often suffer from a lack of education in proper dietary habits. The legacy effect of this trend is reflected in the frequency of diet related illnesses reported in a recent study conducted by PathStone Community Improvement of Newburgh.
Currently, the garden provides a unique opportunity for anyone or any organization within the city to take part in monthly workshops led by a master gardener from the Cornell Cooperative Extension. Offering food culture, urban agriculture education, and a forum for community development, the Unity Center Garden program aims to encourage community members to take initiative to improve their own lives.