Rockaway Youth Task Force
Located in the heart of a food desert, Rockaway Youth Task Force’s community garden is a thriving oasis amidst bodegas, fast food restaurants, and grocery stores shuttered since Hurricane Sandy devastated the area in 2012.
A thriving urban farm.
Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc on neighborhoods in The Rockaways, exacerbating issues that have plagued the peninsula since New York City concentrated a series of public housing developments on the eastern end of the peninsula.

Today, a half-acre garden is thriving: salad greens, tomatoes, and spicy peppers spring up in cheerful orange beds tended by local teenagers. The garden is the centerpiece of the Rockaway Youth Task Force’s work to empower Rockaway’s young people, aged 15 to 25, to civic engagement, volunteer opportunities, mentoring, and professional development. Through the garden, the young people learn that access to fresh, healthy food is their right, and is also in their own hands.

“The garden will serve as a reminder that Rockaway is still here, still in need, and still willing to survive.”
Milan Taylor, Founder
“We are honored to be able to partner with Small Axe Peppers through our urban farm. We want to provide our community with healthier food options and products like hot sauce, made with local fresh produce, works to show residents t
Tamera Jacobs, Director of Operations
“We are not only providing the community with fresh produce, but we are also creating a counter culture where fresh produce is more desirable than the fast food alternatives the community is accustomed to.”
Milan Taylor, Founder
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“We figured out the garden is definitely an economic engine, and it’s a communal space… Our plan is to really keep figuring out how it can be a vehicle for greater social change.”

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