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Council passed legislation to honor the late Damien Forshe, a pioneer of urban farming in the city, by designating a street in his name.
East 82nd Street between Kinsman Avenue and Rid-All Farm will receive a secondary name of “Damien Forshe Way.” Councilwoman Phyllis Cleveland, who represents the aread where the farm is located, sponsored the honorary renaming. It was passed Wednesday, Oct. 21st.
Under his stewardship, Damien Forshe, joined by childhood friends and community partners, transformed acres of waste land over the last decade into a nationally renowned 15-acre farm. The site, formerly a dumping ground, is now a sustainable working farm - Rid-All Green - with a greenhouse, compost facility, tree nursery, fish hatchery and a soon-to-open community kitchen and farmer’s market.
Damien suffered a fatal heart attack two years ago. He was 50 years old. Rid-All continues to thrive. Ord. No. 815-2020.