Con Edison Media Relations
October 23, 2012
CON EDISON SEEDS SNUG HARBOR
HERITAGE FARM BACK TO ITS ROOTS
NEW YORK – A patch of Snug Harbor Cultural Center has returned to its agricultural roots. Under the weathered hand of Farmer Gus Jones, apprentice farmers Bruce Spierer and Petula Gay are transforming a former cow pasture at Snug Harbor Cultural Center into a Heritage Farm, seeded with a donation from Con Edison.
“This is the best kept secret in New York City,” says Gay.
A secret within a treasure, Snug Harbor is a center for visual and performing arts, along with a collection of museums on 83 acres that once was the largest retirement home in the United States, on one of the busiest waterways in the world. Snug Harbor was home to hundreds of retired seaman, who lived in the waterfront refuge.
“Con Edison treasures partnerships that are making positive changes to our environment and the community,” said Katia Gordon of the company’s Public Affairs department on Staten Island. “We support the Heritage Farm because it’s planting educational seeds in the minds of children and adults.”
Adjoining the former nurses’ residence at Snug Harbor, the farm has produced more than 6,000 pounds of tomatoes, plus 9,000 pounds of other vegetables that were sold to local residents and were donated to Project Hospitality, a Staten Island social service agency feeding the homeless. A local restaurant also buys vegetables from the farm, which plows its revenue back into the land.
To see the farm and hear Snug Harbor Cultural Center CEO Lynn Kelly, view this video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yy4uYgzpWXw To learn more about Snug Harbor, visit http://www.snug-harbor.org/
Con Edison [NYSE: ED] supports hundreds of nonprofit organizations in New York City and Westchester County to strengthen neighborhoods, sustain communities and improve lives. These philanthropic efforts support the arts, environment, and important educational initiatives in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Many of Con Edison’s 14,000 employees share a personal commitment to the region’s vitality through their own volunteer efforts and also choose to support education by utilizing the company’s matching gifts program.