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Posted on: December 10, 2021

Department Dispatch: 2021 Building Community Through Sustainable Living

Camp ANCHOR participants harvesting vegetables for Long Beach Soup Kitchen.

In the 2021 Building Community Through Sustainable Living program, the Town of Hempstead had multiple partnerships with local community organizations and colleges including Hofstra University and Farmingdale State College, resulting in community engagement and learning about sustainable food practices.   

Camp Anchor

The Sustainable Living project has again worked with the Town of Hempstead’s Camp ANCHOR, and had a very productive season!  Participants from Camp ANCHOR were able to visit the garden boxes twice per week throughout the summer months.  Each participant had hands-on experience in the garden while learning new skills to be used in their home gardens. Camp ANCHOR participants harvested and donated over 160 pound of produce to the Long Beach Soup Kitchen. Through this partnership, the Town of Hempstead will continue to share new life skills as well as provide fresh produce to local communities in need.

Kiwanis Aktion Club

Participants from the Kiwanis Aktion Club volunteered with our annual garden box cleanup, assisting with the removal of annual plants, amending garden soil, and preparing the garden beds for fall/winter cover crops. The Kiwanis Aktion Club returned a month later to plant garlic in November, which will be harvested in the early summer 2022. 

Island Harvest

During 2021, there was an increased need for fresh produce for families struggling with difficult situations. The Sustainable Living program was able to assist Island Harvest with the implementation of their first produce farm on the Sister of St. Joseph property in Brentwood, NY, by donating over 200 plants.  The produce that was harvested from these plants were then distributed island-wide to many families in need.

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