Michelle Schulz has facilitated a partnership with North Brooklyn Farms. Our first graders are going to visit first, and Thursday, the folks from North Brooklyn Farms are going to meet with our science teachers to plan for our partnership going forward.
From Ryan Watson, of North Brooklyn Farms:
North Brooklyn Farms converts vacant land into publicly accessible urban farms where people can connect with nature and access organic, sustainable produce. We provide good food, green space and hands-on garden education to people of all ages.
Our mission is to improve the lives of urban dwellers and demonstrate the transformative potential of urban agriculture to all people. We believe urban farms are a vital part of a sustainable city and deserve the attention of the political and economic forces that shape our future.
Who we are -
Henry Sweets is an urban farmer and landscaper who trained at Stone Barns and managed vegetable production at Battery Urban Farm in Manhattan. He has a bachelors degree in philosophy and years of experience teaching art and gardening to children and adults.
Ryan Watson is a garden educator and community organizer. A former teacher, Ryan is the founder of Brooklyn Seed Company and has worked for the Brooklyn Botanic Garden integrating garden and environmental education to teach the next generation about the importance of sustainable living.
What we offer -
Pick Your Own Farm Stand - Purchase vegetables harvested while-you-wait, or venture on to the farm to pick your own seasonal produce. Wednesdays and Saturdays from 2 to 6 p.m.
Farm Dinner - Three-course dinners featuring produce from our farm and other local growers served every Sunday evening around sunset. Buy tickets at northbrooklynfarms.com/supperclub.
Volunteer Hours - Get your hands dirty and hone your gardening skills with both novice and experienced gardeners under the guidance of our staff. Wednesdays and Saturdays from 2 to 6 p.m.
School Visits - An integral part of our mission is to raise the next generation of urban farmers and teach them why urban farms are an essential component of a sustainable city. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to plan your school's visit.
Garden Consulting - We consult with homes, businesses and community organizations to build beautiful, productive growing spaces. Contact us at email@example.com to set up a consultation.
Our story -
After meeting at Battery Urban Farm in 2012, Henry Sweets and Ryan Watson dreamed up the idea of converting vacant lots in Brooklyn into a network of public urban farms. In March 2013 they gained access to the former parking lot of the Domino sugar factory in Williamsburg. Over the next three months they built a farm there with the help of community volunteers, and opened their first farm site in July.
How you can help -
The farm relies on community support to sustain itself. Join us for dinner, purchase produce from the farm stand, or donate.
Address: 329 Kent Avenue. Brooklyn, NY 11211 Entrance along S. 3rd Street between Kent and Wythe Avenues.
Questions? Email us firstname.lastname@example.org
See Ryan, Henry and Quinn from North Brooklyn Farm visiting our hydroponic classroom.
"This is the most advanced school garden with a hydroponic system that I've seen!" -Ryan Watson