Home to more than 142,000 people, Bushwick is densely populated and diverse: Latinx, African-American, Caribbean-American and other immigrant communities all call it home. And, like most urban neighborhoods, access to economic opportunity and fresh produce is limited. Thirty percent of Bushwick residents currently live at or below the poverty line, and almost the same amount rely on government benefits - including food stamps. Over the past nine years, EcoStation has taken measured steps to change how this vibrant community of New Yorkers buys, eats, and identifies with food.
EcoStation's seasonal Bushwick Farmers Market locations reach over 45,000 customers each year, approximately 75% of whom use WIC and EBT as payment. We facilitate the sale of fresh, local produce from several area farms, most owned and operated by first or second-generation immigrant families, reflecting our community's beautiful diversity.
Whenever possible, our markets host free, fun, live cooking and wellness workshops conducted by NYC Dept of Health's Stellar Markets program. And to complete the cycle, we collect food waste from customers and farmers - which is then composted at Bushwick Campus Farm.