A group of housing developers is giving young New Yorkers a leg-up into the business world while bringing life to an urban food desert.
L+M Development Partners is funding the first youth-run farmstead in the Eastchester section of the Bronx to give local young people that chance to develop entrepreneurial skills by teaching them how to run farmstands in their local communities.
“Our mission at L+M Development Partners is about more than building affordable housing. We also strive to be a partner, good neighbor and help to build strong communities for the New Yorkers we serve,” said Gingi Pica, Director of Community Investment at L+M Development Partners.
“We are proud to fund this innovative community farmstand, which will provide Bronx youth with an opportunity to learn to manage a small business while also supplying fresh fruits and vegetables to their neighbors in a community with limited access to healthy food options.”
With support from Camber Property Group, MBD Community Housing Corp., and the Baychester Resident Association, L+M is backing the venture operated by GrowNYC, an environmental group that runs greenmarket, recycling programs, community gardens and education programs throughout the city.
On Wednesday, New York State Assembly Speaker Carl E. Heastie, City Council Member Andy King, Chairperson of Bronx Community Board 12 William Hall and others joined representatives from GrowNYC and L+M Development Partners for the opening ceremony, which took place at the Farmstand’s permanent home at East 229th Street and Schieffelin Avenue.
The Eastchester Farmstand will be open to the public every Thursday through November 19 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM at East 229th Street and Schieffelin Avenue in the Bronx.