Help us Bring More Healthy Eating to Rockaway

RWA is working with the community to explore different ways to promote healthy eating and increase access to important, healthy items like fruits and vegetables

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This winter and spring, RWA is working to improve access to healthy fruits and vegetables through several initiatives.

Rockaway CSA: RWA, with the help of Just Food is exploring ways to bring a CSA to the Rockaway community! A CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. It is an investment between a farm and a community-based membership that allows farmers to grow vegetables directly for its members and community to receive a weekly delivery of a "share" of the farm's fresh vegetables. But, we need the community's help to decide what the CSA will look like and to make sure it is as inclusive as possible.To that end, we are holding a workshop on Saturday 3/4 from 10 AM - 5 PM at RISE (58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd). Participants in this CSA training will learn to be advocates and agents for bringing fresh local vegetables and fruits to the Rockaways. Register here if you are interested in participating. 

Aquaponic Garden Classroom: Program Coordinator Juli Schroeger, along with the students in the RWA Environmentor Youth Program are creating an indoor aquaponic garden. Aquaponic gardens are self-sustaining hydroponic systems that combine fish culture with plant production into a single, beneficial ecosystem. We will begin with goldfish and healthy greens. Check out their new blog for weekly progress.

Teleponics Rockaway Garden: Our website developer, Chris Snyder is also in the process of creating an experimental indoor garden using simple, sustainable ways to grow fresh organic produce year-round. The garden is in its infancy, but we are already seeing kale and Chinese cabbage sprouting up!

Food Retail Study: In partnership with Center for Health Equity at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, undertook an evaluation of food retail options in the Rockaway community between Beach 34th Street to Beach 116th Street to better assess access to healthy food options. The work was completed by the RWA Shore Corps high school interns in Summer 2016. This study illustrated the lack of access to healthy foods and produce. Please download the full report below for the in-depth findings.