CCE Onondaga supports local food production and urban agriculture in Onondaga county!
What is SyRAPP?
SyRAPP is a three-year program run by Refugee and Immigrant Self Empowerment (RISE) and provides people from refugee community classroom and hands-on learning in agriculture production, business planning, marketing mentorship, and ESL to increase food security, create safe spaces for cultural exchange, and provide economic opportunities in northside Syracuse. Currently, participants from Bhutanese, Nepali, and Somali communities are learning how to farm organically in an urban area under the northeastern US climate, which is dramatically different from their home countries. CCE Urban Ag educator works with SyRAPP to provide classroom and hands-on learning for agricultural production, topics of which encompass crop planning, soil fertility, irrigation, integrated pest management, harvest and post-harvest handling, food safety, and food processing.
SyRAPP in Action
Started in 2017, SyRAPP created a thriving community garden with an urban plot at the corner of Seward St. and Rosewood St. in northside Syracuse. This one functioned as a training garden for the first year and will serves as nursery for the second year. In 2018, the program will create another community garden where new participants can gain their first year training, and second year participants will expand their production atSalt City Harvest Farm (Kirkville, NY) where each participant manages an ⅛ acre plot. With marketing mentorship from Brady Farm (Syracuse, NY), participants bring their fresh produce to the local community through Brady Faith Farm CSA (Syracuse, NY) and other local markets.
Last updated July 26, 2019