Grounds for Change: Activating Vacant Land

Added Value


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An organization to promote the sustainable development of Red Hook by nurturing a new generation of young leaders


Added Value began with a perceived need for meaningful educational and employment opportunities for youth in Brooklyn’s Red Hook neighborhood. The organization was founded in 2000 and has since expanded upon its mission to embrace three primary initiatives: Growing a Just Food System, Youth Empowerment, and Farm-Based Learning. "Added Value is a non-profit organization promoting the sustainable development of Red Hook by nurturing a new generation of young leaders. We work towards this goal by creating opportunities for the youth of South Brooklyn to expand their knowledge base, develop new skills and positively engage with their community through the operation of a socially responsible urban farming enterprise. "Since opening our doors Added Value has provided long-term training to more than 150 neighborhood teenagers between the ages of 14 and 19, provided hundreds of local elementary school students with educational programs and worked thousands of volunteers to build a more just and sustainable future for all. "Together we have helped revitalize local parks, transformed vacant lands into vibrant Urban Farms, improved our access to healthy, safe and affordable food, and begun to grow an economy that supports the needs of our community."


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