Snug Harbor’s Heritage Farm was established in 2012 to help feed, inspire, and educate the local community.
The 2.5-acre Heritage Farm is cared for in an environmentally sustainable manner so that it will claim permanence on Staten Island and continue to produce fresh fruits and vegetables for years to come.
At its peak between 1880 and 1910, Sailors’ Snug Harbor was self-sustaining, producing fresh vegetables through its working farm. One hundred years later, Snug Harbor is trying to accomplish a similar task, but with a focus on education and the greater community.
The Heritage Farm has grown an average of 15,000 pounds of produce each season over the past six seasons for a total 45 tons. More than 10% of our produce is contributed to soup kitchens and food pantries through programs like Project Hospitality, and to our education programs.
Heritage Farm staff works closely with the community to increase awareness about the importance of eating locally. In 2017, we worked with over 100 volunteers and educated over 2,280 children on sustainable farming, food sources, and plant biology at the farm. The farm also has a strong partnership with NYC Department of Probation’s Youth WRAP Program, which serves young people on probation by providing life skill and job training.