Last weekend I was lucky enough to get an off season visit to an urban farm in Brooklyn. My friend works at the Youth Farm at the High School for Public Service in Prospect Lefferts Garden. The farm is run by Green Guerrillas in conjunction with the high school. It is an educational production farm that offers New Yorkers opportunities to increase their knowledge of the food system and build high level organic growing skills to share with their communities. The Youth Farm grows its produce and flowers on just one acre but it has made a big impact on the local community with a farmers market and CSA.
Given that much of the community has West Indian and Caribbean backgrounds, the farm grows some Caribbean produce to serve its shoppers at the Farmers markets.
The farm is quiet and mostly shut down for the winter, but there are still a few crops prospering. I got to eat some deliciously fresh green house micro greens, and I eagerly look forward to buying some next time around.
If you’re ever in New York, check out some of the urban farms throughout the city. There are lots of options and the farms all have different specialties. Its amazing to see how much can be produced from such small spaced.
For more information about the Youth Farm, check out their blog at http://hspsfarm.blogspot.com/p/about-farm.html