Cheryl Dorsey: Changing Brooklyn One Vegetable at a Time

Produce grown by Added Value is sold at farmers' markets in Red Hook and on Governors Island. Flickr/sur2899

Some of the freshest vegetables around can be found not outside New York, but in our very own Brooklyn.  Added Value is a terrific non-profit organization in Red Hook with a mission to engage youth through urban farming and healthy food education. Working with hundreds of students and thousands of volunteers to transform vacant land into sustainable, urban farmland. To date, Added Value has grown 12 tons of fresh produce for donation or sale.

Volunteer day at the Added Value farm in Red Hook. Flickr/Tracie Lee

You can volunteer and lend a hand at their farm on Fridays and Saturdays, or why not take home their produce sold at the Red Hook Farmers’ Market.  What Added Value and these young farmers have accomplished is incredible, definitely worth a visit!  Added Value’s farms are located in Red Hook and Governor’s Island.


Cheryl Dorsey is president of Echoing Green, a pioneer in the social entrepreneurship movement. The mission of Echoing Green is to unleash next generation talent to solve the world’s biggest problems. Its signature program, the Echoing Green Fellowship, provides seed capital and support to the most promising social entrepreneurs with bold ideas for change.


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