On Thursday, October 1st 2015, Mayor Rich David and city officials visited the Urban Farm in downtown Binghamton in celebration of re-signing a 5-year lease with VINES for the four properties that make up the farm. These four adjacent lots were formerly blighted and vacant before being transformed into productive growing space that produces 1,000’s of pounds of food each year. Founded in 2010, the Urban Farm is at the intersection of youth empowerment and increasing access to healthy fresh foods in our neighborhoods. Its serves as a work site for 14 local teenagers each summer, an educational site for kids, college students, and adults, the source of a week’s worth of vegetables for 25 families, and provides donations to CHOW pantries.
VINES staff, members of the Board of Directors, youth program alumni, and volunteers were all present as the Mayor announced the City’s continued support for VINES gardens and recognized the importance of our efforts in this area. Click here for local press coverage of the event.
We really are making a positive difference in the community and it is good to have the City’s support! But we need yours too! Consider making a tax-deductible donation to VINES to support our youth programming. Just $50 funds a morning of work for two youth employees at the Urban Farm.