Dear Friends and Supporters:
The high cost of food at our local supermarkets can make feeding a family a challenge for some Harrison residents. Amy Benerofe, founder and president of Our New Way Garden has been a trailblazer in addressing food insecurity locally. The Moving Harrison Forward team ardently supports Ms. Benerofe’s inspirational work and encourages residents to learn about her initiative and get involved.
A Purchase resident for twenty-three years, Ms. Benerofe is a teacher and a farmer. In 2008, she saw a local farmer go out of business after attempting to help him save his struggling farm. This motivated her to begin her own community-based garden project at New King Street in West Harrison.
Since then, Ms. Benerofe has created and maintained five food-producing gardens located across Purchase and West Harrison. Her non-profit organization provides healthy, organic food options to low-income communities, educates the public about locally and naturally grown food, and partners with schools and community groups giving students hands-on garden experience.
Ms. Benerofe begins her planting from seeds inside a greenhouse located on the PepsiCo grounds. Once the seedlings have matured they are moved to one of the tended gardens. At this location, there is also a classroom where students can take horticultural classes taught by Ms. Benerofe. She has a thriving community garden on the grounds where green beans, peppers, dry beans, okra, sunflowers, corn, melons, squash, cucumbers and onions grow. All Ms. Benerofe’s food is organic and clean.
Most vegetables grown on the farms are donated to Harrison’s Food Pantry or other non-profit organizations such as Meals on Main Street, The Free People’s Market and the YWCA. Local residents can also purchase CSA’s (Community-Supported Agriculture), providing them with a box of fresh farm vegetables each week during the harvest season. These can be picked up in Purchase.
Frank had the pleasure of working with Ms. Benerofe in helping Our New Way Garden apply for a community gardens grant. The ultimate goal is to create a local food system that feeds everyone and teaches more people how to grow. The Moving Harrison Forward team cares deeply about this initiative.
If you would like to support Our New Way Garden, please go to http://www.ournewwaygarden.com/donate.
More information on the Moving Harrison Forward team can be found at www.movingharrisonforward.com.
Frank, Rachel and Adam
Moving Harrison Forward
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