Just Food For Thought: Stories

Friday, August 28, 2015

A friend introduced Sia Pickett to Just Food’s Community Chef training program in 2011, and she’s been inspiring Brooklyn farmers’ market shoppers with healthy--and delicious--cooking demos ever since.

Raised in Milwaukee, Sia grew up visiting her...

Friday, July 31, 2015

Cindy Nibbelink-Worley first planted seeds at The Joseph Daniel Wilson Memorial Garden aka Project Harmony in 1985. With help from a crew of high school volunteers from City Volunteer Corps, Cindy transformed the Harlem garden from an abandoned lot. Since then, Project Harmony has grown into an urban oasis complete with a CSA...

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

For lifelong Queens resident Abby Burke, working as Community Outreach and Pantry Coordinator for Hour Children Food Pantry in Long Island City has enabled her to give back to her community. Abby joined Hour Children in November of 2011 as a part-time team member and went on to manage the pantry full-time in 2013. 

The pantry is situated near the Queensbridge housing projects in Long Island City and is associated with Hour Children, a nonprofit organization helping formerly...

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Caring for chickens in her Crown Heights, Brooklyn neighborhood, has reconnected City Chickens trainer Lydia Schmidt with childhood memories of time spent on her great grandparents’ farm.

“I have childhood memories of visiting them, being away from the city, getting to drink raw milk and cream, and planting crops. Those are really the best memories of my childhood for me.

“After living in the city for a while, I really missed that connection,” she says.

Lydia first got...