NYC’s first resident urban farmer will grow food for Staten Island’s new green community

by , 02/09/16

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Where can we sign up for a gig like this? We recently brought you news about Staten Island’s multi-million dollar URBY waterfront community, and now it looks like the project’s developers have hired NYC’s first official resident urban farmer. Experienced agriculture professional Zaro Bates will be in charge of growing food at the sustainable complex’s on-site urban farm, which will be located just steps away from her new apartment since she’ll also be getting free housing as part of the deal.


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Bates, who, according to the NY Post, has “extensive urban farming experience” will be in charge of the development’s organic mini-farm, rooftop beehives, and compost operations. Output from the urban garden such as herbs, greens, cucumbers, eggplants, peppers, and heirloom tomatoes will be used at the complex’s Coffeed shop as well as the on-site supermarket. Future plans also call for a full-acre farm in a few years.

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“A farm as a selling point, an amenity, like a gym — that’s what this is,” explained Coffeed’s Frank Raffaele. “It’s going to be really game-changing.”

The 36-acre, mixed-use waterfront community is really pulling out all of the stops in order to attract young professionals. As well as the on-site urban farm, future residents (who will be paying anywhere from $1,700 to $2,700 a month in rent) will be able to take advantage of a communal kitchen with resident chef, a pool, plenty of green space and walking paths, and a beautiful waterfront.

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Via Gothamist and NY Post

Images via URBY Staten Island and Twitter

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