Help Bring Healthy Eating to Rockaway

RWA is working with the community to explore different ways to promote healthy eating by increasing access and affordability to fresh fruits and vegetables

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Check out the following projects, RWA is working on to improve access to healthy, affordable food

Rockaway Farm Share: RWA has kicked off the first mixed income CSA in order to bring fresh, affordable, organic produce directly to the Rockaway community! The Rockaway Farm share is an investment between Sang Lee Farm & Briermere Farms and our community membership, that allows the farmers to grow fresh vegetables & fruits for us to be delivered through a weekly "share" of the farm's fresh produce at the RISE Center. Click here to learn more or sign up for the Rockaway Farm Share. 

Aquaponic Garden Classroom: Program Coordinator Juli Schroeger, along with the students in the RWA Shore Corps Program have created an indoor vertical aquaponics garden at the RISE Center. Aquaponic gardens are self-sustaining hydroponic systems that combine fish culture with plant production into a single, beneficial ecosystem. We begin gardening with goldfish and healthy greens. Check out their new blog for weekly progress.

Rockaway "Teleponics" Garden: Our website programmer, Chris Snyder has created an experimental indoor hydroponics garden along with mobile technology to document and grow fresh organic produce year-round. The garden is in its infancy, but we are already seeing kale and Chinese cabbage and many other vegetables sprouting. To check out the time lapse video of the hydroponic and aquaponic gardens go to: 

Food Mapping Retail Study: In partnership with Center for Health Equity at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, RWA 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. Download the full report below for the in-depth findings.

The Shore Corps Students also interviewed local businesses and organizations in the area regarding the lack of access to free, healthy and affordable food in the Rockaway Peninsula. See their video below:

The RWA Food Justice Initiatives listed above were made possible through generous support from: New York Community Trust, the Levitt Foundation and Partnership for a Healthier Queens/ Make the Road NY.

Success Stories:

Meet Gale

Gale is the parent of two elementary school children who have taken part in the RWA Aqua 101 Summer Program for three consecutive years. Gale has seen a real impact on her children's lives through RWA programs. Hear more about Gale's story.