Young Red Hook residents help clean up the neighborhood

By the roots: Shamia Jones of Red Hook pulls weeds at the Housing Authority Farm at the Red Hook Houses during the Red Hook Earth Day Celebration on April 25.
Photo by Elizabeth Graham

Kids crowded into the Housing Authority Farm in Red Hook to clean up the neighborhood and make something nice for their moms in preparation for Mother’s Day.

The Earth Day celebration included a face-painting station, a pop-up Spanish language library, and the opportunity to paint flower pots and plant wildflower seeds in them for the kids’ moms. An organizer said the young horticulturists had a blast decorating and then making a living present for the ladies who gave them life.

“The kids really loved getting to paint and get their hands dirty,” said Viviana Gordon, of the Red Hook Community Justice Center.

The event was a collaboration between local community organizations and agencies, including the Housing Authority, the Community Justice Center, the Red Hook Initiative, and Green City Force, which helps run the farm.

Some of the participants in the community clean-up were young neighborhood residents doing community service as mandated by the Justice Center, which helps dole out rehabilitative sentences to minor crime offenders in Red Hook.

Reach reporter Noah Hurowitz at nhurowitz@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–4505. Follow him on Twitter @noahhurowitz
About face: Layla Valdiviso of Sunset Park sports face paint at the Earth Day celebration.
Photo by Elizabeth Graham

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