Black Farmers United New York State Power-Building Project
Building Healthy Communities
January 8, 2021
Through its Healthy Neighborhoods Fund initiative, NYHealth is supporting six communities across New York State to become healthier, more active places.
Although all the communities are working toward the common goal of improving the health of their residents, each community may face particular challenges. By offering responsive and time-sensitive technical assistance funding to grantees and their partners, NYHealth can help them meet their goals. In 2021, NYHealth awarded the Farm School NYC a grant to advance equity and opportunities for Black farmers in New York State.
Under this grant, the Farm School NYC launched a multifaceted campaign to help Black farmers across the State advance solutions for racial equity in agriculture and healthy food. It supported Black farmers and food system entrepreneurs in their efforts to fill gaps in the food system and provide a wider range of healthy food options in communities of color. Farm School NYC conducted outreach to and engaged with Black farmers to help them refine and agree on an advocacy strategy. It also identified and engaged key stakeholders—including groups focused on racial equity, farming, the environment, and conservation—to educate them about inequities in health and food.