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REFLECTIONS FROM THE URBAN AGRICULTURE YOUTH CORP 2019

CHECK BACK HERE FOR UPCOMING EVENTS

In 2009 community advocate Yonnette Fleming led gardeners to revitalize and reclaim an abandoned land parcel which was used to dump toxic materials for over twenty years.  In a matter of years, the lot adjacent to the Hattie Carthan Community Garden was to become the Community Market.  Thousands of volunteer hours helped us to convert that blighted property into a thriving farmers market which increases the neighborhood's limited access to fresh food and thus our overall community health.

 

This is the continued development of our work from those beginnings.

MARKET UPDATES AND EVENTS
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October 7, 2019

Life and Death Celebration 

Food Justice is all about the Rs

Remembering - Reconnecting - Reconciling - Relinquishing - Reclaiming - Regenerating - Revitalizing

Our collective ancestral systems calls us to the marketplaces to celebrate our life and Death as the wheel turns. If we must take our cues from our plant relations, who bare their bodies during the Fall seemingly dead on the surface, but very well alive in their roots. Costumes encouraged! Bring a blanket or shawl and huddle around the Sacred fire with SMORES. Heark ye! hear Ye!

June 19, 2019

APPLY TODAY TO JOIN THE HATTIE CARTHAN YOUTH FARMER / COMMUNITY CHEF PROGRAM FOR 2019. 

The Hattie Carthan community market will recruit, train and empower youth to lead cooking demonstrations and provide information about the merits of local, seasonal eating in our two community markets in the 2019 market season. In 2019, The Hattie Carthan community market will identify and select 6 young people (ages 14-23) to join its Urban agriculture youth corps and conduct seasonal cooking demonstrations in our two community based markets as Youth Community Chefs.

DOWNLOAD THE APPLICATION HERE. Complete and return your application to Hattie Carthan community market director yonfleming@yahoo.com by JUNE 30th.

April 1, 2019

Work in the farm and market continues...

We are grateful for our volunteers and Food Justice Leadership Collective.

March 13, 2019

Dear community,
Happy Spring forward!

We at the Hattie Carthan food projects are grateful for renewal, growth and expansion in our community work in 2019 and look forward to continuing our legacy of growing people and food from the ground up by offering a third season of Food justice leadership Teach Ins before our market and farm season begins.

We trust that each of you are doing as well as can be expected in our current political climate and that you are using this time to think deeply and organize your energy for intelligent action and community. Hopefully, deep inside your belly you are also sure that the time is here to stand up for justice and equity in all of our systems, institutions and society.

We are writing today to invite you to deepen your connection to our community beyond just being a recreational gardener or shopper who recognizes and purchases fresh, healthy food. We invite you to educate yourself against the arrogance of innocence in order to inform your own well-being...

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THE NATURAL FARMER TOOK AN IN-DEPTH LOOK AT URBAN AGRICULTURE FEATURING OUR INNOVATIVE WORK ON PUBLIC LAND.

WE INVITE YOU TO LOOK TO THE FUTURE WITH US AS WE SCALE UP OUR IMPACT AND PRODUCTION.

The Hattie Carthan Community Farmers Market, est. 2009

 

Mission 

The Hattie Carthan Community Farmers market is a grassroots, people of color-led agricultural revitalization project in Central Brooklyn NYC. 

 

Vision

The market’s vision is to cultivate a healthy, holistic, and self-sufficient community grounded in the systems and cycles of the earth.

 

Goals

To increase access to locally grown fresh food, farm culture and intergenerational agricultural education to all facets of community in a neighborhood classified as a “fresh food desert." The market accomplishes it’s goals by operating community based cultural programs and ventures which nourish human potential and cooperative economics.


The community farmers market is located on Clifton Place at Marcy Avenue directly behind the Hattie Carthan Community Garden.

The original market runs Saturdays 9am - 3pm from July - November, and a younger market located at 49 Van Buren Street runs Sundays 1pm to 6pm July to November. 


The community-based and led markets were founded by Yonnette Fleming, V.P. of the Hattie Carthan Community Garden and 13 Hattie Carthan gardeners. The lot was cleaned and visioned in March 2009 when Fleming  received permission from the NYC Dept of Parks and Recreation to clear, design and  utilize the lot which was used as a thriving dumping ground for over twenty years . To date, the project founder Ms Fleming and community volunteers have contributed over 70,000  documentable volunteer hours to ensure the markets continue to grow.