Brooklyn-based Green City Force teaches sustainability to NYCHA tenants

Participants receive hands-on experience, a stipend and money toward their education. (4/25/14)

BROOKLYN - Some public housing residents are getting ready for successful futures while making their communities greener. 

It's all part of the Brooklyn-based Green City Force program, which teaches NYCHA tenants from across the city about sustainability while they harvest locally sourced produce. 

Participants not only receive hands-on experience for jobs in the green industry, but they're also rewarded with a $500 stipend every two weeks. Everyone who completes the six-month program then gets $2,700 toward their education. 

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The food is grown on a one-acre farm at Red Hook Houses West, and is donated to families in areas where fresh produce is harder to come by. 

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