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A Complete Guide To Urban Farming In NYC

Did you know:

With 17.8 MILLION people in the NYC metro area, New York City is the 2nd largest urban area in the world.

For a city this huge, how can anyone know about all of the urban farming going on in NYC? (there's A TON)

Well:

A complete guide to urban farming in new york city

This article provides a full overview of all aspects of urban agriculture in NYC, from companies to job opportunities to social impact projects.


We will cover:

- Some of the largest urban farming companies in NYC
- Where can you find urban farming jobs in NYC
- Where can you find NYC urban agriculture classes
- What are some key urban farming social impact projects going on in NYC

Ready to get the run-down on any of these subjects?

Read on to learn more!

NYC Urban Farming Companies

Gotham Greens

Gotham Greens Facility Source

Gotham Greens, founded in 2008 by Viraj Puri and Eric Haley, has three urban greenhouses in New York:

- 15,000 sq ft in Greenpoint Brooklyn (Opened 2011)
- 20,000 sq ft greenhouse in Gowanus, Brooklyn (Opened in in 2013)
- 60,000 sq ft greenhouse in Jamaica, Queens (Opened in 2015)

Gotham originally focused on growing: Butterhead lettuce
Red leaf lettuce
Green leaf lettuce
Basil

More recently their crops have grown to include
- tomatos
- baby kale
- arugula
- bok choy
- swiss chard

Follow Gotham Greens on Twitter Below:

Brooklyn Grange

Brooklyn Grange (Source)

Brooklyn Grange is a two and half acre rooftop organic farm in New York City.

Currently this acreage is split between 2 facilities in NYC:

- 43,000 sq ft facility between Astoria and Long Island City
- 60,000+ sq ft facility in the Brooklyn Navy Yard

Brooklyn Grange is also the largest apiary (beehive for honey production) in New York City, producing over 1500 lb of honey annually.

Follow Brooklyn Grange On Twitter Below:

Riverpark Farm

Riverpark Farm Youtube Video Overview

Founded in 2011, Riverpark Farm is a 15,000 sq ft rooftop farm located in Kips Bay, Manhattan.

The farm provides fresh produce to the Riverpark restaurant and is owned by chef Tom Collicchio.

Over 100 different types of vegetables, herbs, and flowers are grown using over 7,000 re-purposed plastic milk crates.

Follow Riverpark NYC on Twitter below:

North Brooklyn Farms

North Brooklyn Farms (Source)

North Brooklyn Farms is an urban farm and public space in Williamsburg, New York City.

Their mission is to:

"Transform vacant city spaces into urban farms where people can engage with their community, connect with nature and get local, organic, sustainably-grown produce"

Like North Brooklyn Farms (NBK Farms) on Facebook below:

Eagle Street Rooftop Farms

Eagle Street Rooftop Farm (Source)

Eagle Street Rooftop Farms is a located in Greenpoint Brooklyn.

They have over 6,000 sq feet of organic vegetable production on their rooftop farm.

Eagle Street Rooftop Farm Video Overview

To like Eagle Street Rooftop Farm on Facebook, click the icon below:

For a larger list of NYC Urban Farms, check out this article by Shervin Abdolhamidi at Untappedcities.com, 10 of the Most Unique Urban Farms in NYC

NYC Urban Farming Jobs

Gotham Greens Jobs

Follow this link for job opportunities at Gotham Greens: http://gothamgreens.com/contact-us

Brooklyn Grange Jobs

At the time of writing Brooklyn Grange does not have any open job positions. To check their jobs page for updates follow this link: https://www.brooklyngrangefarm.com/jobs/

Eagle Street Rooftop Farms Jobs

Although Eagle Street Rooftop Farms website does not have a specific jobs page, they do have a "Apprenticeship program".

For more information, check out this Rooftop Farm Apprenticeship Google Doc

NYC Urban Agriculture Classes

Grow NYC

Grow NYC fosters environmental stewardship by running programs for over 30,000 students each year with the goal of providing "meaningful interactions with the environment".

Grow NYC provides courses for students of all ages. One of their most relevant programs to urban farming and gardening is Grow To Learn, a city wide initiative with the goal of:

"Facilitating and Supporting Sustainable Teaching Gardens in Every NYC Public School"

- Goal of Grow To Learn Initiative by GrowNYC.org

Grow NYC has aided in the development of over 100 community gardens to date (Source)

For those who have a potential backyard farming space in New York City, you can also help with initiatives like Grow To Learn by volunteering your space to use as a teaching garden.

For more details visit this urban garden sign up page and click on "New Garden".

The Battery Urban Farm

The Battery Urban Farm NYC (Source)

The Battery Urban Farm is a "teaching" urban farm that was started in 2011 in New York City.

It organizes farming classes for New York's students, residents, and visitors that teach sustainable urban farming techniques.

Farm School NYC

Farm School NYC at work (Source)

Farm School NYC is a educational urban agricultural program focused on social justice, community, and accessibility.

They began offering classes in 2011 to NYC residents.

For more info, check out their programming page

Urban Farming Social Impact Projects in NYC

Green Bronx Machine

Green Bronx Machine In Action (Source)

Green Bronx Machine is a 501(c)(3) based in Southern Bronx that focuses on engaging students grades K-12 in urban agriculture programs.

The goal of the programs is to promote positive social change, such as increased school attendance rates, higher performance, and healthier diet choices.

Founded by school teacher Stephen Ritz, the program has evolved from an after-school program to a wide set of programming including summer camps, a learning garden, and health wellness and learning center.

NYC Parks Greenthumb Program

The NYC Parks Greenthumb Program is a non for profit initiative to support urban gardening in New York City.

Greenthumb supports over 500 volunteer coordinated community farms in New York City, across all five boroughs.

Support typically comes in the form of organization support, funding, and monthly workshops that take place in NYC.

For more information on Greenthumb NYC, check out the YouTube Video below, or follow this link to join a garden or volunteer.

Conclusion

After reading this article, you should know just about all there is to know about urban farming in the big apple.

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