Bed-Stuy Farm, food pantry struggle to stay open

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The Bed-Stuy Farm and a food pantry are struggling to stay open to help neighbors in need.

While the Bed-Stuy Farm is mostly barren in the winter, being home to just four chickens, it's typically filled with veggies, fruits and hundreds and flowers in a couple of months. But it's now in jeopardy of closing.

Rev. Robert Jackson and his wife started the nonprofit Brooklyn Rescue Mission, which runs the farm. It provides the community and youth programs with fresh, healthy food for free.

But this year, the nonprofit has fallen back on payments and is on the verge of closing down the farm, as well as a food pantry run by the Brooklyn Rescue Mission.

The Jacksons have been serving the community for more than 14 years and hope to keep going. They fed more than 48,000 people last year.

A GoFundMe page with a goal of $28,000 has been created to save the farm and pantry.

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