Mapping Green Spaces

The aim of this section is to provide resources for “Green Spaces” that exist in Central Brooklyn. Why should we care about where “Green Spaces” are located in Central Brooklyn? Because they can:

• Improve access to healthy, affordable food for under-resourced communities and communities of color.
• Provide supplemental incomes and in some cases local jobs.
• Reconnect communities with their cultural traditions and skills.
• Make productive use of vacant land.

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Buying Club


What is a Buying Club?

Buying clubs allow their members to order food for periodic delivery, typically once a week. In some clubs, members place their orders at the end the month for the next four or five weeks; in other clubs, members place their orders more frequently. Unlike CSAs, buying clubs operate on a “pay-as-you-go” basis, allowing their members to order as much or as little food as they want from week to week. As with CSA deliveries, buying club members pick up their weekly orders from designated drop-off locations.


Where are they in Central Brooklyn?

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Community Garden

6968262068_a3d6b33925What is a Community Garden?

A community garden is a shared green space which is planned, designed, built and maintained by some community members for the use and enjoyment of the entire community. Community gardens may be solely used to raise food for gardeners and/or the surrounding community, a decorative formal garden, an educational or rehabilitative facility.


Where are they in Central Brooklyn?

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For more information about community gardens, call NYC GreenThumb at (212) 788-8070.

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)

2804960431_e88287251fWhat is a CSA?

CSA stands for “community-supported agriculture”. It is a way to support a local farmer by helping the farmer with the costs at the beginning of the agricultural season (like purchasing seeds) without the need for high-cost loans. It also gives the farmer a secure source of income in case of a bad year. A CSA member becomes a shareholder in the risk and benefits of farming. CSA helps ensure the viability of local agricultural production.


Where are they in Central Brooklyn?

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Farmers' Market

5932294914_2ba9261017_zWhat is a Farmers’ Market?

A farmers’ market (a.k.a. greenmarket) is a place where farmers sell their products directly to consumers. Ultra-fresh produce, pastured meat and eggs, artisan cheeses, hand-harvested honey, and other fresh, small-batch foodstuffs are the hallmark (and benchmark) of the best farmers markets. They serve not just as a place for farmers to get the best price and consumers to get the best products, but as venues for producers and consumers of food to come together, forge relationships, and exchange information.


Where are they in Central Brooklyn?

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Food Co-op

What is a Food Co-op?

Food co-ops are started by people working together to take back control of their food. Because they are largely volunteer-run, they can provide a less expensive alternative to supermarkets. Food co-ops are committed to consumer education, product quality, and member control. They often support their local communities by selling produce grown locally.

Where are they in Central Brooklyn?

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*BMC is in process of starting a food co-op in Central Brooklyn for residents of Central Brooklyn. Meanwhile check out our Fact Sheet: 
Central Brooklyn People’s Food Co-op (in formation)

The Emergency Food Assistance Program

What is the Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)?

TEFAP distributes surplus commodity food to low-income families and individuals through emergency food programs. TEFAP entitlement and bonus commodities and grants for administrative and storage costs are provided by the federal government to the states, which administer the program through food banks and other hunger-relief organizations.

Other Definitions:

Emergency Food Program (EFP): A soup kitchen or food pantry that distributes food provided by food banks and other sources for people seeking emergency food assistance who would otherwise not get enough to eat or not eat well. The Food Bank supports a network of approximately 1,000 community-based member programs.

Food Bank: A nonprofit organization that distributes and/or stores food and related products that it solicits, collects and purchases from manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers and government agencies to community and emergency food programs.

Food Pantry: An emergency food program that distributes food to individuals and families. Food pantries typically provide three- to five-day grocery packages for the preparation of nutritionally balanced meals, and are a key source of emergency food for the working poor and for people whose food stamp benefits run out before month’s end.

Soup Kitchen: An emergency food program that serves prepared, nutritious meals to hungry individuals and families. Many soup kitchens also offer meals to the homebound.


Where are Emergency Food Providers located in Central Brooklyn?

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For information about emergency food program locations and hours of operation please call the Emergency FoodLine at (866) 888-8777.  This automated hotline will provide you with the hours of operation and directions to the emergency feeding program nearest to you. The hotline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  For operator assistance, please call 311.