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Broadway’s ‘City Farm’ Thrives, Looks to Expand

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Factory-farmed chickens roam free at Bushwick City Farm. Photo Lucy Butcher.

A whole network of farms in Bushwick and East New York

By Lucy Butcher
Bushwickbk.com
November 1st, 2010

Excerpt:

The trend of community gardens, back yard farms and farmers’ markets in Bushwick continues to grow in popularity, and while most of these have a commercial component, one local project considers itself outside the market. And Bushwick City Farm, built on a narrow abandoned lot under the J train tracks amidst bodegas, nail salons, and dollar stores, is flourishing. Freshly planted flowers are in full bloom, produce is sprouting from the vegetable bed constructed of recycled wood, and former factory farm chickens (and a couple of cats) roam freely between a spacious new chicken coop and a large composter.

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Discussion: Creative Action and Everyday Urban Agriculture

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Boy Thinning Beets to Give Room for Development, Fairview Garden School, Yonkers, N.Y. 1906

November 3, 2010 – Creative Action and Everyday Urban Agriculture

Panel: Laura DeLind, Eve Mosher, Tattfoo Tan, Domenic Vitiello
Moderator: Jean Gardner

Urban agriculture in the United States, as panelist Domenic Vitiello has written, takes the form of everyday urbanism, “largely disconnected from the world of professional design.” The role of creative action in urban agriculture practices is explored by an urban historian, anthropologist, architect, and two artists. What does it mean for individuals in communities engaged in creative practice to reconnect to their food, neighbors, and environment through urban agriculture? What is the significance of the resulting physical engagement with place that growing food requires?

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