Here at Urban Gardens NYC, we’ve already written about a couple of New York City’s urban Farms, including the Brooklyn Grange. However, this seemed like a good opportunity to take stock of the farming landscape around the city. In some cases it is a little difficult to distinguish between “urban farms” as defined in the last post (producing for sale or trade, as opposed to personal pleasure or consumption), and community gardens, so there may be some overlap.
These farms are located in all sorts of spaces, from abandoned lots to basketball courts to rooftops, but they’re all within NYC limits. Consumers find the resulting produce at restaurants, stores, farmers markets, as CSA (community supported agriculture) distributions, and other venues.
While there may be more farms operating in NYC than you expected to find in a major metropolitan city, a recent report from Columbia University’s Urban Design Lab points out that there is much, much more space available for planting. Almost 5,000 acres of potential farm land lies empty across the city, just waiting for an industrious farmer to snap it up. The report provides a fascinating look at just how feasible urban agriculture is in New York, detailing information on why it’s a good idea, what it entails, and what infrastructure exists to support it. If you’ve got an entrepreneurial streak, it’s time to move! If not, the least you can do is support the farms that already exist or will undoubtedly be popping up in your neck of the woods.
Visit or buy from one of these existing urban farms in the NYC area:
Brooklyn Grange – Queens
Added Value – Red Hook
Battery Conservancy’s turkey shaped urban farm – Battery Park
Tenth Acre Farm – Greenpoint
Gotham Greens – Greenpoint
Bed-Stuy Farm – Bedford-Stuyvesant
BK Farmyards – multiple locations
Eagle Street Rooftop Farm – Greenpoint
East New York Farms – East New York
La Finca del Sur – South Bronx