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Freedom Farm

Posted by Kelly Moltzen on Monday, October 22, 2012,

Amber, Fritz, Jyna, Brielle, Denise and I took a trip to Freedom Farm from Friday to Saturday.  This was the second time I’ve visited this farm. Fritz introduced us to a year and a half ago, as he knows Ann and Edgar through his connections with the Mennonite community in NYC.  Edgar had been working in the South Bronx with youth from Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice, when he and Ann decided to move upstate to Otisville / Middletown, NY, and start Freedom Farm. They wanted to provide ...


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Andre's River

Posted by Kelly Moltzen on Sunday, August 26, 2012,
Here is an epic memoir of Andre Christopher Rivera, a youth who was empowered to create positive change in his community in the Bronx through the guidance and mentorship of Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice.  His story means so much more than mine because he grew up in the Bronx.  A short film has also been made with part of his story: Andre's River  

Vote for Andre! 
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My name is Andre Christopher Rivera. I am 19 years old, and I graduated from Lehman High School CLASS OF 2...


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Inspiration from Morris Heights

Posted by Kelly Moltzen on Monday, May 28, 2012,
4/14/12
Leave It Better had been teaching youth about environmental stewardship and growing food in PS 306 / MS 331 in the Bronx when one of the teachers suggested they do something with the vacant lot across the street.  Dominique and Graham decided to transform the lot into an official NYC Department of Parks & Recreation GreenThumb garden. It's incredible to see the work they've done to build community and involve residents - especially youth - in growing food and transforming the formerly ...
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Bronx Helpers Cooking Garden Club's Global Youth Service Day

Posted by Kelly Moltzen on Monday, May 28, 2012,

4/21/12

I first heard about the New Settlement Apartments – Bronx Helpers Cooking Garden Club through Alyssa Ruiz, who is always raving about the group and how they did such a good job with their Adopt a Bodega project.  This is the group that created the Bodega Down Bronx video a couple of years ago.  I was so glad to have the opportunity to hear them present at the GreenThumb Grow Together conference this year and was so inspired by the youths’ motivation to work towards food justice. ...


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Posted by Kelly Moltzen on Sunday, January 29, 2012,
You may wonder about the photo I've chosen as the banner to this site.  It's a photo from Freedom Farm in Otisville, NY, taken during a visit in 2011. 
I found out about Freedom Farm though a Mennonite member of the NYC Community of Communities who has become a friend of the house.  One of the reasons Ann and Edgar founded this farm was as an outgrowth of YMPJ, as a "Christian-based youth education organization striving for peace and justice by teaching alternatives to violence, sustainable ag...

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