The trend of community gardens, backyard farms and farmers’ markets in Bushwick continues to grow in popularity, and while most of these have a commercial component, one local project considers itself outside the market. And Bushwick City Farm, built on a narrow abandoned lot under the J train tracks amidst bodegas, nail salons, and dollar stores, is flourishing.
At Bushwick City Farm their goal is to promote community through the creation of a self-sustainable, organic, food producing public space open to all. All food produced at Bushwick City Farm is free to the community; they also provide free clothes and educational programs. Currently, they receive no funding outside of individual donations; all work is done by volunteers, and most materials are recycled from dumpsters.
So, if you any good wood, extra clothes, or food or compost, bring them over. Feed the chickens, help them with physical labor, or buy a fruit tree. Bushwick City Farm believes it is important that the community be able to provide themselves with services and play off each other’s capabilities and strengths.
Check out their blog: http://bushwickcityfarm.wordpress.com/