Success! Zakyat will begin training as a medical assistant this summer!

Zakyat left her native Togo in West Africa three years ago to join her father in the United States. Upon her arrival in New York she began attending the English Language Learners International School in the Bronx, excelling particularly in … Continue reading

Brooklyn Pastoral: the Grange’s Alia Ornstein on RIF and Urban Farming

I’m wandering amidst a sea of hot peppers – Hungarian wax, serrano, golden cayenne – when Alia Ornstein waves me down from the opposite end of the farm, her tell-tale floppy farmer’s hat distinguishing her from the rest of the … Continue reading

Selfless Enthusiasm: Greg Jones on volunteering with RIF

On a searing hot yet beautiful day at the LIC farm last week I had the chance to catch up with Urban Farm Recovery Project facilitator Greg Jones. Settling down in a patch of shade, we discussed volunteering in the … Continue reading

Farm Dispatch 1: Updates from Greg & Emilie

As Program Facilitators of the Urban Farm Recovery Project, Greg and Emilie serve as RIF’s “boots on the ground” each week at the farms. They lead workshops, coordinate potlucks, assist in job-hunting, and provide overall friendship and support to the … Continue reading

June at RIF – Can you believe 3 months have gone by already?

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June has been an incredibly productive month here at RIF: weddings, graduations, the start of new jobs and internships — meanwhile the farm is in full bloom, our participants’ English has improved SO much, and overall everyone is having a wonderful … Continue reading

Facilitating Hope: RIF Volunteer Emilie McClintic

One of the great aspects of RIF’s Urban Farm Recovery Project is that it connects its participants — newly arrived refugees and asylum seekers — not only with each other but with a network of passionate, talented RIF volunteers with … Continue reading

Denise’s Story: From the Congo to New York

Denise is a refugee and asylum seeker from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a nation crippled by colonialism, ransacked of its resources — first by the Belgians, then by its own inept rulers — and fraught with ongoing conflict. … Continue reading

May – the Month in Photos!

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After a cold, cold April spent prepping veggie beds and huddling in the greenhouse for warmth, May finally arrived and the rooftop farm started to show signs of green. The RIF participants have all really taken to their new responsibilities … Continue reading

Recipe: Anna’s Rooftop Fufu with Kanzaga Sauce

If you caught the latest issue of Edible Brooklyn, you probably saw the great article about RIF’s Urban Farm Project and the awesome interactions our participants are having with the Brooklyn Grange folks….you probably also wondered where you could get … Continue reading

RIF refugees give back in the fight against climate change

Earlier this month the National Climate Assessment released its 2014 report, confirming what most of us have known for some time: climate change is real, and it’s affecting us here and now. From prolonged droughts, to wildfires, to more powerful … Continue reading