September - 20 - 2016On Thursday, September 29 Northeast Brooklyn Housing Development Corporation (NEBHDCo) hosted a wine tasting fundraiser at Throop Court, located at 378 Throop Avenue in Brooklyn. Co-sponsored by Cabbage Hill Farm, Oko Farms, and Wine Ring, the fundraiser was dubbed “#FundBedStuyAqua” and is part of a larger capital campaign to raise $300,000 to launch NEBHDCo’s Urban Aqua Farms project. NEBHDCo’s indoor Urban Aqua Farms (UAF) will be launched this Fall. The state-of-the-art aquaponics facility will provide year-round, high quality, affordable fresh-water fish and vegetables to food insecure individuals and families, in Brooklyn. UAF harvests will supplement the healthy food supply for NEBHDCo’s Golden Harvest Client Choice Food Pantry which feeds 19,000 people each year. UAF is a natural bridge between and expansion of the pantry, and NEBHDCo’s Communities for Healthy Food Bed-Stuy initiative. The farm is an ideal model for producing sustainable, fresh, healthy food in an urban setting. "We invite the community, and other New York City institutions, to join us in support of this initiative that will not only expand our successful emergency food program, but also educate members of the community about urban aquaponics. The #FundBedStuyAqua event was the start of a tradition of giving that features food, festivities and fun," said Jeffrey Dunston, chief executive officer of NEBHDCo. We hope our farm project reverberates across the five boroughs.” NEBHDCo’s #FundBedStuyAqua wine tasting fundraiser opened its doors at 6:30p on September 29. The event gathered business leaders, philanthropists, community activists, and representatives of the city’s governing bodies. Attendees dined on produce grown by event sponsors and fish raised on local aquaponic farms. The evening’s menu was designed by Oko Farms and was complemented by several wines served by Wine Ring. For more information on NEBHDCo’s Urban Aqua Farms project or to make a donation to the capital campaign, call Lisa Boyd at (718) 453-9490 or send an email firstname.lastname@example.org.