Before Hurricane Sandy decided to join our company for this year’s Halloween, Bushwick City Farm celebrated fall, harvest, and the benefits of hard work in costume! We did it up in style – farm style. Volunteers put up colorful decorations. Cats and scarecrows graced us with their presence. Our friends showed up in costume – bees were a buzzin’, princesses were strutting their stuff, mad hatters were simply mad. We tested our strength in a rigorous tug of war. Faces were painted; laughter was shared!
Another Halloween success! Until our next adventure, we’d love to see your smiling faces on the weekends. Hurricane Sandy did us a favor and did minimal damage to the farm – whew. The cold doesn’t stop us from carrying on. Come by – old and new friends are always welcome!
COME ONE, COME ALL to
Bushwick City Farm’s Annual spOOktacular Halloween Party
Bring your friends and family and join us for October festivities!
Where: Stockton Street Farm, corner of Stockton Street & Lewis Avenue
When: October 27th at 2pm
- food for share (vegetarian options available!)
- costume contest
- face paint
- scavenger hunt
- and hula hooping
DONATIONS GREATLY APPRECIATED!
With the leaves turning and the weather a-changing, Bushwick City Farm volunteers have much to harvest! Our Saturday and Sunday hours at our Broadway and ever developing Stockton lot are as busy as ever. Sunday’s at 2pm at the Broadway lot is primetime for the citizens of Bushwick to reap the benefits of our labor.
Drop by! Join our oasis in the heart of Bushwick!
Take some time to see what land, when cultivated with love and care, can really offer us.
Style magazines are touting this new ombre hair that Rihanna, among others, has been traipsing around in. But in the watch lists of “Who Wore It Best”: The Visible Roots Edition, we’d like to practice a moment of total self-infatuation and nominate ourselves, Bushwick City Farm, for the Un Certain Regard award. We’re rocking our roots and we have been since inception!
Stockton and Broadway are brimming with the fruits (or vegetables, as the case is) of an early harvest. We’ve got carrots, beets, radishes…and, just to make the above-ground vegetables feel included, we’ve got some lettuce too. But let us focus on our roots. We’ll be giving them all out on the regular, until they’re gone, so that you can get a bite of Bushwick, and get in on this newest root flaunting trend. Check out your style predecessors below.
All photos courtesy of Jason Reis.
And finally, without further ado, we offer you our inaugural City Farm profile…where we introduce you to one member of our community. And since we’re big on remembering that animals and plants are part of our system, we also like to include them as part of our community.
Therefore, let us introduce you to Mama.
Occupation: Senior Ratter, Agent of Symbiosis
Languages: Catonese, a little bit of Spanish
Aliases: Miss Mama, Gray Cat
Mama hails from the streets of Bushwick. She and her sister were rescued by Masha and Vinny roughly two years ago when they were found in a sorry state hanging around the neighborhood bodegas looking for food. After a full vet check that included neutering services, vaccines and hydration, they were placed in the newly constructed cat house at the back of the Broadway farm. Though her sister went off to live her own life, Mama took to farm living where in exchange for food, shelter and freedom she protects our birds from the large and aggressive rats that roam the streets. Sometimes, the birds let her drink their water. Commensalism at its finest. Many a time we’ve had the pleasure of collecting Mama’s form of rent after an evening on the prowl…usually after tripping over it. Fantastic!
Though feral and much happier outside than in the confines of an apartment, Mama is partial to positive attention and can sometimes be found during work days, balled up in someone’s lap.
Giving it up to nature…giving it up to Julie Taymor.
More info to come – but it’s raining outside. Get some rest! We’ll see you next Sunday….!
That’s APRIL 29. 1-4. Stockton.
This past weekend, the Stockton lot welcomed its newest edition…or what looks to bee 400+ of its newest editions…our haute hymenoptera. Check ‘em out.
These trusty critters come fully equipped with proboscises and electromagnetic charges, courtesy of Beekeeper Jeff Polley, seen posing below with his hive and his assistant.
Those of you who had planned to eventually use the Stockton lot as a quiet refuge from the hard-knock life of the streets of Bushwick should not be worried that your dreams are being attacked by a cloud of angry bees. These guys are pretty domesticated, and pretty friendly, as bees go, and are mostly interested in our plants and not your company. Refuge away.
This is, of course, a second generation of bees as Bushwick City Farm’s initial foray into taming the buzz was cut short by the mystery plague that has been overtaking so very many bees. (Click HERE for information on Colony Collapse Disorder.)
Here’s to a season of honey and pollination! We’ll be rooting for our new flowerbedfellows, while we’re rooting around our garden beds. Speaking of which…
More props to more volunteers who used the amazing weather as an excuse to promote your mom’s healthy vegetable agenda. In addition to fruit trees, we’ve now got radishes…
…and greens. And look at the beautiful end result:
Now just imagine it post-growth with actual leaves…!
So things are abuzz (that’s sort of the last awful pun of this entry) and more is to come. Up next, our first profile and a more in-depth piece on the Egyptian-like wall formation east of Stockton.
A final shout-out to our hard-working bee experts:
We will see you all at our Earth Day Celebration on Sunday…April 22…1-4…Stockton Lot! Peace.
All photos courtesy of BCF volunteer Jason Reis.