The Fehr Avenue farm in the upper State Street neighborhood of Schenectady includes garden beds, bees and egg-laying chickens, as well as a community herb garden where medicinal plants are grown.
Now, it also has a refrigerator in a retrofitted pavilion that can be accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to make food readily available to residents and passersby in the neighborhood.
The fridge is the product of an exciting collaboration between SiCM, The Schenectady Foundation and Free Food Fridge Albany.
Because the Fehr Avenue farm lacked electricity, a creative plan to power the refrigerator had to be devised. Two solar panels charge a battery that connects to the refrigerator.
The purchase of the panels was funded by The Schenectady Foundation through a $10,000 grant to Schenectady Community Ministries.
“It’s a modest investment to do something really innovative and beautiful,” said Robert Carreau, executive director of The Schenectady Foundation, who noted that the project was a perfect fit for the Foundation, which has made improving community access to healthy and nutritious food a top priority. Overall, the Foundation has invested approximately $500,000 in food-related projects in the past year.
For more on this project, please go to the Schenectady Foundation blog.
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