Welcome to our adventures in urban farming in NYC! What began as an experiment with growing a few veggies in the Bronx has become a great success for our Bridge clients and community. This is an online record of our experiences on the farm, written by Stacey Van Rossum, with photos taken by Natalie Brickajlik, the Coordinator of our Horticulture Program. Thanks to funding from Burpee and The United Way of New York, our program was made possible!
We began work on a new site. We began to remove gravel, large stones and buried construction debris from a back yard on East 111 Street. With help from John C. and the Green Team we will turn the back yard into a garden.
On Friday we planted yellow beefsteak tomatoes, pepper seedlings, marigold, cucumbers, Swiss chard, yellow squash, black zucchini and bell peppers. We also started tomatoes, eggplant and bell peppers as seedlings. I volunteered at a Bronx Green Up event on Saturday at Franklin Memorial Garden at 1062 Cauldwell Ave. in the Bronx. They distributed various native plants to the volunteers and I was able to get two low bush blueberry bushes that we will plant near our magnolia tree and two lavender plants.
We continue to sow seeds. So far we have planted collard greens, lettuce, spinach, red cabbage, green cabbage, radishes, chives, pole beans, sugar snap peas, beets, carrots, arugula, tomatoes, basil and chamomile. We began watermelon, broccoli and cantaloupe in trays to become seedlings. We made a trellis for cucumbers. I harvested the wormbin for the third time. The 2 previous times it took me 6 hours to harvest the wormbin but this time it only took 2-3 hours and I was able to maintain the majority of the worm population with few casualties. On Friday the work continues...