The LOHM in partnership with Growing Peace Inc., will be installing a brand new, cutting-edge, hydroponics garden at Hope House NYC.
Hydroponics is the method of growing crops in water that is frequently enriched with nutrients to aid growth rather than the traditional use of soil. In addition to being undoubtedly successful during harvest, this unique innovation in food and vegetable production also contributes to addressing the larger problem of food deserts and food insecurity in low-income, black and brown neighborhoods.
According to a Hunger Free America report from 2021, the Bronx was reported as the city's "hungriest borough," with one in four residents experiencing food insecurity. As a result, an initiative that will address food insecurity and try to remedy it is not only revolutionary but critically important, especially at a time when it poses a greater risk to black and brown families.
Hope House NYC is currently located in the Bronx and the hydroponic garden will be supervised by Hope House NYC resident, Sadeaja Smiley.
"We will be growing basil, mint, head lettuce, all-star lettuce, collard greens, bok choy, kale, and cilantro," said Hope House NYC Coordinator, Takiera Green.