Staff Spotlight: Harrison Hillier, Hydroponics Manager

Staff Spotlight: Harrison Hillier, Hydroponics Manager

Although the Big Apple lacks the space for traditional agriculture, Harrison’s shift was fueled by his desire to explore the budding industry of urban farming which provides many opportunities for innovation, and for a faster paced lifestyle than North Carolina offered. Since joining the TFFJ team as the Hydroponics specialist… More →

Changemakers on the Move

Changemakers on the Move

What does social entrepreneurship mean to 6th and 7th graders? TFFJ students at the Urban Assembly Unison school have an answer to that. Over the past few weeks, they have supported each other’s passion for healthy food and change-driven entrepreneurship—and refuse to be quiet about it.Inspired by leading women in… More →

Girls Mean Business

Girls Mean Business

Many careers in science, technology, engineering, and math have above average earning potential and job security, but unfortunately girls are underrepresented in advanced STEM coursework, degree programs, and careers. Experts and women currently in STEM careers say the problem starts very early in grade school, where studies show that fields… More →

Here’s How We Raised $60K for Food Justice

Here's How We Raised $60K for Food Justice

Teens for Food Justice Holiday Farmraiser $50K + 30 Days = 3 Farms and 60,000 lbs. of Produce… More →

UA Unison School Farm Back in Action

UA Unison School Farm Back in Action

Teens for Food Justice is back in action at the Urban Assembly Unison School Farm in Brooklyn. During the first week, mentors and mentees alike were reminded that any fruitful farm starts with successful seeds and a healthy nutrient foundation.  Our new mentor team and returning TFFJ teens, who helped… More →

Going the Extra Mile for Healthy Food

Going the Extra Mile for Healthy Food

TFFJ Mentor, Khalilah Coombs, shares her experience growing up in Bed-Stuy and her hopes for transforming healthy food resources through youth engagement. I remember frequent trips to the health food store on Willoughby and Jay, with my dad. When he would take us, he’d always get these spicy blue corn… More →

Unison Students Host Their First Farm Tours!

Unison Students Host Their First Farm Tours!

We couldn’t be prouder as we look back on the Unison farm’s first community open house, which was held March 4th. Unison students and families showed up in droves to see the farm and sample healthy recipes, and the student team proudly led top-notch tours of their hard work. The… More →

TFFJ Student Cook-Off: Salad Dressing Edition

TFFJ Student Cook-Off: Salad Dressing Edition

The Unison student team made their cooking debut yesterday with help from a special guest: Wellness in the Schools chef Ms. Elaina. The challenge? Compete for the winning title of best home-made salad dressing using fresh herbs from the farm. The team with highest scores for taste and creativity will… More →

Unison Assistant Principal on Segregation in the School System

Unison Assistant Principal on Segregation in the School System

Congratulations to Amy Piller (UA Unison Assistant Principal) who recently wrote this thought-provoking piece for Vox.com on issues of segregation and inequality in New York City public schools. Click here to read and share… More →

A New Team is Born

A New Team is Born

“It’s rare at middle schools that you can build something real.” - Amy Piller, UA Unison Assistant Principal We're on our way! Two weeks ago, a team of 14 middle school students at UA Unison kicked off their semester as the new Teens for Food Justice team. Three hours before… More →

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