Urban Agriculture: East New York is a documentary video in five chapters that explains how East New York’s urban agriculture movement evolved. Each chapter is dedicated to one piece of a complicated process: a portrait of a veteran local farmer in her garden; a trip to the East New York farmer’s market; a look at asset mapping analysis by the Pratt Center; land transfers from HPD to Green Thumb; and the investment in the neighborhood’s youth made by agricultural organizers and experts.
In this piece, we explore the East New York farmers’ market. It’s open every Saturday between June 28th and November 15th. This August, the farmer’s market celebrated its tenth anniversary.
Clearly, there’s a lot more to this story than we were able to include. Check out some other precedents, community groups and further reading below, and send us links you think we should know about:
Earthworks Urban Farm: Detroit
Nationwide Urban Farming Site Listing
NPR: Farms Take Root in Detroit’s Foreclosures
Growing Home, Inc.
And last but not least, the live performance you just heard at the East New York Farmers’ Market is original work by local MC and vocalist “Lyrical Artist.” Check her out on MySpace:
Lyrical Artist on MySpace Music