FARMER RANDY AND THE SEED STREET CREW ARE CHANGING LIVES IN HARLEM, ONE SPROUT AT A TIME
Its a hot, humid summer afternoon in Harlem, New York City. Teenagers are playing basketball while others are learning how to germinate lettuce. We are at the Children’s Aid Society where a unique partnership to provide fresh, healthy food for children and youth is sprouting. The partnership is with a new group to the NYC urban agriculture scene: Seed Street.
Newness doesn’t imply inexperience: the Seed Street team has recruited Randy Cameron, also known as “Farmer Randy” to youth around the five boroughs, to lead their production and programing. Farmer Randy has been carefully studying and developing hydroponics and aquaponics for over 12 years now. Through his work at SkyPonics he has set up aquaponic and hydroponic installations at schools and not-for profit institutions across the city. Now, Farmer Randy has partnered with Manhattan-based movers and shakers Leigh Ofer and Hannah Bronfman to make an even greater impact. First in Harlem, and then across the globe, Seed Street is changing food access for the better.
Whats in the video: Agritecture.com founder Henry Gordon-Smith interviews the Head Grower at Seed Street. Watch as “Farmer Randy” speaks about his journey of discovering aquaponics and hydroponics, his vision for Seed Street’s newest project in Harlem and the future of farming in NYC and beyond.
Seed Street is launching an urban street opening party soon to demonstrate the benefits that local food can have on health, wellness, food access, and community building.