What is your favorite thing about urban farming?
My two greatest interests are in people and in relationship to land- urban farming is a dynamic, creative connection between of the two. It is also a reminder that even in the middle of a city, we don’t have to look far outside of our immediate surroundings to co-create what we need.
What’s most special about urban farming in NYC
This city is filled with people from all over the world- I love hearing stories about plants that people grew up with and learning about new plants that are a part of people’s heritages. I also love the challenge of understanding urban ecology and the ways in which we can make the city a hospitable ecological environment.
How did you get into urban farming?
I started out farming in more rural areas in California and Virginia but was drawn to better understanding food access issues in places where ways to grow your own food aren’t as straight forward.
What brought you to Project EATS
Its mission to facilitate self-sufficiency through land based, justice oriented work.
What’s your favorite thing to eat?
I can’t get enough homemade sauerkraut.
What’s your favorite thing to grow?
I love growing herbs and am constantly inspired by their many medicinal and ecological functions.
What do you do in your spare time for fun?
I love biking around Brooklyn, getting lost in Prospect Park, cooking up big meals, crafting, and seeing live music.
What do you value most in volunteers (or look for)?
Curiosity, enthusiasm and willingness to try new things!
What are you planning to grow in the future that hasn’t been done before at Project EATS?
We will be expanding herb production this year, which I am very much looking forward to!
How do you see urban farming developing in the future?
As the patchwork spread of urban farm space continues to expand, I see land, food, and community-oriented ways of living becoming more and more prevalent in city life. Urban farming has the capacity to create common ground between strangers, build practical skills, feed our communities fresh food, help us recognize our interdependence, develop a new relationship to the places we live, and enrich our quality of life. I am very excited about the ways in which these things are already happening and about the endless potential moving forward.