News & Updates

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

Open Volunteer Days Spring is here and we’re ready to begin work in the gardens!  We have expanded volunteer days this year to four Saturdays a month, divided between our two farms.  Volunteer days are a great way to get to know our farms, meet the youth and gardeners involved in our project, and learn…

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ENYF recevies George Washington Carver Youth Award at the First Annual Black Farmers and Urban Gardeners Conference

On Saturday November 20th, East New York Farm-ers were honored to attend the first Annual Black Farmers and Urban Gardeners Conference, and receive the George Washington Carver Youth Award for the strides we have made in youth development and the food justice movement! To learn more about this amazing conference, click here

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Farm Stand in the News

Check out this article in the Daily News about urban farms in Brooklyn, including this quote from one of our customers: “I’d rather spend my money on healthy stuff than unhealthy supermarket products,” said Janet Brown, 42, a skin therapist who lost 26   pounds this year in part, she says, because she’s eating more fresh…

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Introducing the East New York Farms! Cookbook

It’s here! The official cookbook of ENY Farms!, Made in East New York: Community Cook Book is stuffed with all the delicious recipes East New York has to offer. Looking for a creative twist on rice salad? How about a few new ways of preparing okra? Or calalloo? Or bitter melon? They’re all in here…

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Lessons learned from the US Social Forum

photo by Phil Shipman Thank you to Kele Nkhereanye, a community gardener and activist, who represented East New York Farms! at the US Social Forum and brought back these lessons and inspiration for all of us “From June 22-26, 2010, people from different parts of the world gather together for USSF2010 in Detroit. It was…

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Foraging at the Farm

We grow over 70 varieties of fruits, vegetables, and herbs at our farm, but sometimes the things that attract the most attention are the plants we consider weeds.  Many of the common weeds on our farm–chickweed, amaranth, purslane, dandelion, lambs quarters, and mugwort–are valued as food or medicinal crops.  Oftentimes passersby will ask for our…

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Beekeeping Legalized!

On Tuesday, March 16th, the Board of Health voted to legalize beekeeping in New York City.  Honeybees make a big contribution to the health and sustainability of our city, and we’re excited to help start more hives in East New York.  Check out these articles in the Brooklyn Eagle, New York Times, and the New…

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Compost to Council Shout-Outs!

A million thanks from East New York Farms! for signing the Petition to Bring Back Composting to NYC. Because of your support, City Council Members Arroyo, Yassky, and Felder have expressed interest in holding a public hearing on Fall Leaf Collection this autumn. Let’s keep the energy going and make this hearing happen! Here’s how…

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Bring Back Composting to NYC

Composting in NYC as we know it is no more! Leaf collection and Give Back Days have been canceled and the whole NYC Compost Project has taken a huge budgetary hit (they have basically been asked to stretch their already reduced 2009 budget through the 2010 fiscal year with no guarantee of renewed funding!!). However,…

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