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Request for help from urban farmers in New York

Destroyed community garden on Coney Island.

“Hurricane Sandy has hit some of our vulnerable farming friends within the City limits.”

By Derek Denckla
Co-Chair, Slow Money NYC
Nov 1, 2012

1. Added Value’s Red Hook Community Farm Needs Help! Hurricane Sandy submerged the community farm in several feet of sea water when it came ashore on October 29th, 2012. Harvest ruined. Possible soil contamination. Topsoil an beehives lost. Office flooded.

Added Value’s Red Hook Farm grows more than just food. It catalyzes a Food Justice ecosystem in our community through youth empowerment programs. And now, Added Value needs your help now more than ever. Here’s how you can help:
–Donate. A gift of any amount is welcome, via PayPal or Credit Card.
–Volunteer. Follow updates on AV’s Facebook and contact Added Value for more ways to help.

2. Brooklyn Grange Needs Your Support! The bee hives at Brooklyn Grange were swept away by the storm surge. “The bees got washed away, flooded out. They were on a pier in the Navy Yard. It was pretty devastating,” said Gwen Schantz, the rooftop farm’s chief operating officer. It was a significant loss: after a successful Kickstarter campaign to raise $22,000 this spring, the Grange had briefly boasted the city’s largest commercial apiary.

Thankfully, the Grange’s two gardens, located on top of an 11-story building in the Navy Yard and a 6-story building in Long Island City, had fared much better.

3. Clean Up at Youth Farm at High School for Public Service BK Farmyards’ Youth Farm definitely has some damage, but it’s not to bad if we have a few hands to help out!. You can support the farm this Saturday from 12-3pm as we clean up and repair storm damage. Location: 600 Kingston Ave, between Rutland and Winthrop Ave.

4. Battery Urban Farm Destroyed
Flood waters also destroyed Battery Urban Farm in Lower Manhattan. Phones were not working and emails to staffers went unanswered, but reports of extensive flooding on the streets surrounding the farm leave little doubt that the agricultural operations is more than likely done for the season, if not longer. No clear way to help right now.

5. Jimmy’s No. 43
Jimmy Carbone is not an urban farmer. But he is an urban farmer’s best friend. He has held fundraisers for Japan’s farmers after the Tsunami. And he has been a great host to Slow Money NYC and other good food groups, giving us space for free. And, Jimmy has been a friend to many others in the food movement. Right now, his restaurant lacks power and suffered some damage.
Here’s what you can do to help:
Buy Tickets to Events
— Patronize his place when it opens!
— Mail checks of $25, $50 or $100 for gift certificates (include your mailing address) to:
JPG STYLE CORP (please make checks out to this business)
c/o Jimmy Carbone, 75 East 4th Street, Suite 232, New York, NY 10003

Eagle Street Rooftop Farm, Gotham Greens, East New York Farms and many other urban farms all seem to be doing OK.

6. School Farms
Anecdotally, I have heard that school farms in areas affected by flooding have been destroyed. So contact your school’s Parent Association to find out if you can help clean up or donate to replace damaged items.

This message owes a debt to text from an excellent article “New York Farms Weather Hurricane Sandy’s Winds But Not Her Waters” published 10/30/12 by the New York Observer.