Who’s ready to play in the dirt? After temporarily closing last September, North Brooklyn Farms will soon be reopening in a new and improved location. Still located in Williamsburg, the organic cooperative will be plowing new dirt at a larger space next to the former Domino sugar refinery building.
North Brooklyn Farms began cultivating the soil in an empty parcel of land adjacent to the factory in April 2013. Since the beginning, local residents and volunteers have been essential to the farm‘s production and growth. Produce from the farm is sold at the pick-your-own veggie stand on-site and at the farm’s very popular 3-course farm dinners called Sunday Supper. The farm has always been open to the public and has been commended for its work with local school children, who visit the farm on a regular basis to learn about the benefits of urban gardening.
The farm was originally located on the Domino plot as an interim space, so their future in the same location was uncertain. Now, after having come to an agreement with the site’s developer, Two Trees Management Company, the organization will have a larger, more permanent public space.
“When we first built the farm, it was a temporary project,” says Ryan Watson, North Brooklyn Farms co-founder. “We were funded through Kickstarter, and we got the support of the neighborhood to keep going. For the past year, it was in the background; if things continued to be successful, we’d keep going.”
Although there is no specific relaunch date, farm organizers are hoping for a Memorial Day reopening. To meet that goal, they are looking for help with construction and organic farm preparation. Anyone with a green thumb or just a love of cool community initiatives can sign up through the farm’s website.
Via the Village Voice
Images Via North Brooklyn Farms’ Facebook page