Representatives from East New York Farms will hold the Reshaping Rochester series with “Growing Food, Jobs and Engagement: The Benefits of Urban Agriculture” from 7 to 9 p.m. March 7 at Gleason Works Auditorium, 1000 University Ave., Rochester.
Project director David Virgil and markets and outreach coordinator Jannatul Rahman will explain their urban farming and community engagement model that has improved access to fresh food, provided youth internships and supported a large network of community gardens in Brooklyn. The farm has worked with youth, gardeners, farmers and entrepreneurs to convert vacant lots into community gardens and to develop farmers markets since 1998.
Virgil oversees all components of the project, including fundraising and program development. He has an associate degree from Deep Springs College in California and a Bachelor of Arts in history and Spanish from Columbia University. Rahman is a former youth participant in ENYF programs.
Tickets cost $15 for general admission, $10 for seniors ages 65 and older and free for students with an ID.
For more information, call 585-271-0520 or visit bit.ly/2j1uUpM.