Gallery: Staten Island’s El Poblano Farm Gets Internet Fan Help to Grow...

NYC has a lot of tasty Mexican restaurants, but ask a west coaster, and they'll likely tell you that "something's" missing. Agriculturalist and farmer Gudelio Garcia is trying to supply the city's eateries and homes with that "something" - fresh, authentic southwestern herbs and veggies - by growing them right in Staten Island at El Poblano Farm. To further his cause, he enlisted the help of crowd-sourced donations from hundreds of fans on Kickstarter and he's already passed his $5,000 goal towards increasing next season’s harvest to include even more traditional Mexican herbs and vegetables to offer New Yorkers at area farmer’s markets.

Tomatillos, papalo, epazote, and flor de calabaza are just a few examples of the produce that Garcia cultivates that are able to flourish in an NY climate, but which are too often missing from local produce aisles. If such vegetables are available in NY grocery stores, often they are shipped in from thousands of miles away (requiring excess fossil fuel emissions, refrigeration, and frequently, non-organic preservatives). For this reason, we are very excited about the local farming efforts going on here.

In addition to using the Kickstarter money for higher organically-grown crop yields, the El Poblano Farm will begin a seed saving program and seed bank. Seed saving involves leaving a portion of crop in the field until the plant goes to seed and harvesting that seed for future growth. Some of the project’s backers will be receiving vegetables and seeds from these new initiatives as a special thank you for supporting the El Poblano Farm efforts. Learn more about the project’s history and El Poblano’s farmers here.

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  1. rrey0456 June 21, 2013 at 3:36 am

    This is a great idea. I’m glad he was able raise the money nessasary to achieve the their goal of incorporating more fresh authentic southwestern Herbs and Veggies. I personally love the Flor de Calabaza(AKA Squash Blossom) which is delicious when added into a quesadilla with some home made roasted Tomatillo salsa.
    Mmm
    I’m getting hungry just thinking about it!
    Aside from the fact that the newly incorperated herbs and veggies are more traditionally grown to cater to a south western diet. It’s my belief that we should always be willing to try different herbs an veggies regardless of where they originate. Especially if we have the oppertunity to grow them our selves or their being locally and organically grown.

    I’m excited to learn about their efforts to avoid the harmful effects of shipping, cooling and preserving. It’s also great what one can now accomplish with a little crowd sourced funding.
    The world continues to change and it seems like this is just a sneak peak into the possibilities that lie ahead.

    Thanks again inhabitat