A Farm Grows in Brooklyn: Bringing Communities to the Table
November 5, 2009 by Robin Plaskoff Horton
BK Farmyards is a Brooklyn based decentralized farming network providing local food to reduce the city’s reliance on fossil fuels while offering local jobs to boost the economy. They seek partnerships with developers willing to temporarily transform their idle land to farmyard, homeowners who want to eat from their own yard, and city agencies holding under-utilized land. According to the group, their strategy is to stay nimble, growing food between the cracks of urban development.
Foxtrot Farmyard (600 square feet): Owner is paying for 25% of produce grown on site, BK is selling the remaining 75%. Produce grown: tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplant, cabbage, onion, lettuce, radish, beet, carrot, zucchini, pepper, collard greens, swiss chard, broccoli, bok choy.
With a mission is to bring communities together around the dinner table, their educational agenda includes eating seasonally, growing food locally, storing and preparing food, species biodiversity, and food democracy. They aim to build a local food network that enhances the health of our culture, people, and environment.