|Island Harvest’s Healthy Harvest Farm Reopens
A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on May 19th at Island Harvest’s Farm on our campus. The ceremony rededicated the farm after the pandemic kept it closed last year. Island Harvest Food Bank’s leadership, representatives from the Sisters of St. Joseph and the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County, locally elected officials, anti-hunger activists, and several of Island Harvest Food Bank’s corporate partners were in attendance.
The farm was established in 2018, but the food bank was forced to suspend farming activities last year as it diverted essential resources to address the urgent needs of hundreds of thousands of Long Islanders suddenly faced with food insecurity due to the pandemic and the economic calamity it created. With COVID restrictions easing, and people beginning to recover economically, Island Harvest Food Bank is eager to cultivate crops once again to supply people struggling with hunger nutritious, locally grown fruits and vegetables.
The Sisters of St. Joseph generously allow the food bank to utilize a portion of its property to help Long Islanders in need. In all, Island Harvest Food Bank’s Healthy Harvest Farm expects to yield approximately 20,000 pounds of produce this growing season. Among the crops to be planted include beets, broccoli, cantaloupe, eggplant, assorted herbs, honeydew, kale, lettuce, peppers, squash, tomatoes, and more.