Know your farmer. Know your food
Brass City Harvest is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit urban agricultural organization that makes fresh food accessible to our population. The mission of Brass City Harvest is to, "To encourage self-sufficiency and healthy lifestyle choices for low-income, at-risk populations through collaborative partnerships, supportive services, and a sustainable community food system”. In order to help accomplish our mission, Brass City Harvest works with more than 21 local farms orchards, dairies, and greenhouse growers to provide us with Connecticut grown produce, beef, poultry, dairy and greenhouse products to satisfy the needs of our patrons and clients. We provide the highest quality locally grown products. Our local farmer partners include: Arisco Farms, Casertano Greenhouses & Farm, Dondero Orchards, Geremia Greenhouses, Gresczyk Farms, House of Hayes/Sweet Pea Cheese, Karabin Farms, March Farm, The Farmers' Cow, and Vaiuso Farms, to name a few..
Thanks to the support of our funders such as the American Savings Foundation, Connecticut Community Foundation, Connecticut Department of Agriculture, ION Bank Foundation,, Savings Bank of Danbury Foundation, The City of Waterbury, Thomaston Savings Bank Foundation, United Way of Greater Waterbury, Waterbury Development Corporation, Waterbury Environmental Health Fund and others, we have been able to transform vacant, brownfield land into productive urban agriculture space, construct greenhouses, create hydroponic (soil-less growing) lettuce and vine crop programs, as well as aquaculture in Waterbury. We have a network of mobile farmers' market sites as well as a fixed, year-round location at 86 Bank Street, Waterbury. Our nutrition education staff provides outreach, healthy cooking and nutrition classes in schools and senior centers and senior housing sites. Contact us if you are interested in hosting a mobile farmers' market or nutrition education and cooking class curriculum.
We have a greenhouses and one hoophouse, two community gardens, and two urban farms in Waterbury. All of our urban agricultural facilities are located in low-income, targeted investment areas. We strive to develop neighborhood engagement in food production. All of the food grown by Brass City Harvest is donated to the elderly and both of Waterbury's soup kitchens.
This organization depends upon volunteers to help us maintain and bring in the harvest. We are especially interested in engaging youth in our programs because it is especially important for them to understand their food source. That understanding is key to a healthier lifestyle. Working within our organization also helps to build community - the food we grow serves a higher purpose. This food is valuable to those most in need. If you or your older children (*must be over 15 years old) are interested in volunteering at either North Farm or our Mill Street Greenhouse, contact Sue at (203) 759-7171.