Intergenerate

 In Westchester County approximately 58,000 kids are food insecure. This means that they do not have reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable nutritious food. Food insecurity is even an issue in our own backyard- at Mt. Kisco Elementary School, 75% of the students are on the free or reduced lunch program.

The folks at a local nonprofit, InterGenerate, are working to do something about this. InterGenerate is an organization that creates environmental and social sustainability around shared concerns for food security.

At Arc of Westchester in Mt Kisco InterGenerate volunteers have started a co-op model garden where families each are assigned one day of the week where they work in the garden – weeding and watering and sharing the effort – and then each get some of the crops produced. As Susan Rubin, one of InterGenerate’s leaders, said, “We share equally in the work and in the harvest. Our goal is to grow enough food so that we‚Äôve got plenty for participants and plenty left over for the community. ¬†This model makes it easy for those who are brand new to gardening and for busy people who are unable to commit full time to a garden bed.”¬†

This program helps teach beginners how to garden and helps families build skills. Because it costs a lot to eat fresh local produce, this co-op system provides the participating families with healthy produce and also provides crops for the Neighbors Link community market.

There are two similar programs that InterGenerate helps manage. The co-op chickens at the John Jay Homestead are shared between 21 families- they share the workload and the eggs that the chickens produce. The Mt. Kisco Elementary School Garden is also a co-op garden managed by InterGenerate.

These programs work to establish a new food system and provide healthy and fresh food to those in need, while also having the families involved in and educated about its importance. If you want to get involved, check out InterGenerate’s¬†website¬†and instagram or email Dr. Susan Rubin at drsusanrubin@gmail.com or Mey Marple at¬†marplegirl@me.com.