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“Seeds Of Resilience” is an ongoing documentary project about a small community of asylum-seekers enrolled in a rooftop urban farming program a few miles away from Ellis Island, at the Brooklyn Navy Yard and in Astoria, Queens, New York City. Through the act of growing food, refugees take the first step towards building a new life in a safer land. Having fled persecution for their political affiliation, religious belief, sexual orientation or gender, they want their story to be told and are full participants in this photographic project.

To that end, I partner with the Refugee Immigrant Fund, a Queens-based organization: www.rifnyc.org and photograph at the Brooklyn Grange rooftop farms:  https://www.brooklyngrangefarm.com.

 

 

View from the street. Brooklyn Grange Farm, Astoria, July 17, 2017. Brooklyn Grange Farm, Astoria, July 17, 2017. Brooklyn Grange Farm, Astoria, July 17, 2017. Brooklyn Grange Farm, Astoria, July 31, 2017. Brooklyn Grange, Astoria, July 31, 2017. Legal counseling, Fordham University, September 8, 2017. Brooklyn Grange Farm, Astoria, July 24, 2017. Brooklyn Grange Farm, Astoria, July 17, 2017. Brooklyn Grange Farm, Astoria, July 17, 2017. Brooklyn Grange Farm, Astoria, July 31, 2017. Brooklyn Grange Farm, Astoria, July 11, 2016. Brooklyn Grange Farm, Astoria, July 11, 2016. Brooklyn Grange Farm, Astoria, September 18, 2017. Brooklyn Grange Farm, Astoria, September 27
, 2017. Brooklyn Grange Farm, Astoria, September 9, 2016. Brooklyn Grange Farm, Astoria, September 13, 2017. "From Film to Farm" fundraiser, with videos and photos by Fordham University students.  Brooklyn Grange Farm, Navy Yard, September 6, 2016. Brooklyn Grange Farm, Navy Yard, September 6, 2016. Brooklyn Grange Farm, Navy Yard, June 11, 2014. Brooklyn Grange Farm, Navy Yard, May 8, 2014. Brooklyn Grange Farm, Navy Yard, July 22, 2015. Brooklyn Grange Farm, Navy Yard, September 3, 2014. Brooklyn Grange Farm, Navy Yard, July 22, 2015. Brooklyn Grange Farm, Astoria, September 18, 2017. Brooklyn Grange Farm, Astoria, September 4, 2017. Brooklyn Grange Farm, Navy Yard, September 6, 2016. Brooklyn Grange Farm, Navy Yard, September 10, 2014. Brooklyn Grange Farm, Navy Yard, June 20, 2017.