Part of the series Farm
City: Where Are You Growing?
Explore bold agricultural projects in contemporary Brooklyn
through this special tour, offering a view of current practices
in urban farming, ranging from beekeeping and composting
to caring for laying hens, and rainwater harvesting. A 28-seat
bus running on compressed natural gas (CNG), the cleanest
fuel available, will shuttle guests to each site. The Tour
will conclude at Old Stone House in Brooklyn, one of the
last surviving structures from the borough’s impressive
agricultural past. There, guests will view a display of provocative,
small-scale urban farming projects, and enjoy foods made
Table with ingredients from the farms.
Red Hook Community Farm (A project of Added Value) features
the largest and most varied compost operation in Brooklyn.
Beekeeping. Chicken keeping. Youth farmers on its 3-acre
site grow 12 tons of produce each year for a CSA (Community
Supported Agriculture) and weekly Farmer’s Market.
Bed Stuy Farm supplies fresh produce to adjacent
food pantry, serving 1,000 people per week.
BK Farmyards, a scattered site farming enterprise,
features Egg CSA at Imani Gardens and an innovative chicken
Eagle Street Rooftop Farm features a beehive, a
chicken coop, raised beds, special light soil mix, CSA, restaurant
supply, youth programs, cooking classes, compost from restaurants
and a pickle plant.
East New York Farms! engages youth and community
farmers in composting, rainwater harvest system, culturally-appropriate
planting and running a Farmer's Market.
Secret Garden Farm has a unique mushroom farm, an
extensive compost facility, teaching programs and hosts the
Bushwick Farmers Market.
Communal Table–brings art, ideas, activism
and food right to the table. nycommunaltable.blogspot.com
Ian Cheney & Curt Ellis–Truck Farm is
a Wicked Delicate film and food project: a mobile community
farm, a documentary about urban agriculture and a public
art and education project–from the team that created
the acclaimed documentary King Corn.
Bryony Romer–“nanofarming” demonstration
projects, including miniature container farms and associated
interpretive materials, serve to underscore nanofarming's
real potential to grow food while transforming public awareness
of urban space
Hernani Dias–Re:Farming the City builds bridges
between software and hardware to link urban farmers through
special technology highlighting local gastronomy, and concluding
in a transformative meal that forges new communities.
Utopias–Guests may visit the related exhibition
opening Thursday, September 16 in the Second Floor Gallery
of Old Stone House investigating utopian agrarian visions
for the Borough of Kings, featuring artists WORK.AC (New
Ark), Mary Mattingly (Waterpod), Eric Sanderson (Mannahatta),
Hugh Hayden, Kim Holleman, and several others.
Bus Pick-up Point
Brooklyn Academy of Music's Peter Jay Sharp Building Entrance,
30 Lafayette Avenue Brooklyn NY 11217
G to Fulton St.
2, 3, 4, 5 to Nevins St.
B, Q to Atlantic Av.
A Three Weekend
Farm City: Where Are You Growing?
A Celebration of Urban Agriculture
Over three weekends, Farm City celebrates Urban
Agriculture and explores the possibilities of a new agrarian
future within the current urban reality. Components include: Farm
City Fair, Farm
City Film, Farm
City Tour, and Farm
City Forum, spotlighting the work of artists, farmers,
activists, planners, architects, chefs, and foodies, all
devoting themselves to feeding the city both culturally and
Farm City is co-curated with Derek Denckla, editor
of thegreenest.net and
founder of FarmCity.US.
Sept 12 & 14