RWA Visits Rockaway Taco and Veggie Island
Last week, kids who are enrolled in the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance summer program visited Rockaway Taco and Veggie Island to sample smoothies and learn about organic gardening and the green market. Elizabeth Gilchrist, Shawn Kessler and Taka Imamura manage Veggie Island, working with farmers from upstate New York and Long Island to bring fresh, organic produce to Rockaway.
Earlier this summer, Gilchrist and Imamura also visited Ocean Bay Community Center for an end of the year surprise to make juices and smoothies during the RWA after school program, bringing a wide range of fruits and vegetables, many of which the kids had never before tasted. Gilchrist held off from making the “green juice” made of kale and lemon juice till the end, as the kids were sure they wouldn’t like it. But on the final vote among the kids, they voted it one of the number one choices.
Gilchrist, Imamura and Kessler have all generously donated their time and talents to share with the community and engage the children in Rockaway in hopes of inspiring them to eat more healthy and “green” food.
Rockaway Taco and Veggie Island are located right off Rockaway Beach Boulevard and Beach 96 Street and have been attracting both local residents and down-for-the-dayers coming to find relief from the hot weather.