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Save Bushwick City Farm!

August 29, 2017

 

Our farm is under threat… How can you help?

 

1. Sign our online petition 

2. Please call or write to our local officials using this script

Brooklyn Borough President, Eric Adams – 718-802-3700
Borough Hall 209 Joralemon Street – Brooklyn, NY 11201
askeric@brooklynbp.nyc.gov

City Councilmember, Robert E Cornegy Jr. — 718-919-0740
1360 Fulton Street, Suite 500 – Brooklyn, NY 11216
RCornegy@council.nyc.gov

NYC Public Advocate, Letitia James — (212) 669-7250
1 Centre Street, 15th Floor – New York, NY 10007
gethelp@pubadvocate.nyc.gov

State Assemblyman, Erik M. Dilan — 718-386-4576
366 Cornelia St – Brooklyn, NY 11237
dilane@nyassembly.gov

State Senator, Martin Malave Dilan — (718) 573-1726
3215 Fulton St, – Brooklyn, NY 11208
dilan@nysenate.gov

Mayor, Bill DeBlasio – Call — 311
City Hall – New York, NY 10007
bdeblasio@cityhall.nyc.gov
people can also contact the mayor here: http://www1.nyc.gov/office-of-the-mayor/mayor-contact.page

Brooklyn Botanical Garden
718-623-7200

Dept of Environmental Protection
718-595-4436

3. Please share the following online media stories with friends, colleagues, family, and politicians:

Bushwick Community Space Used by Youth and the Elderly Faces Closure

Community Rallies Together To Try And Save Bushwick City Farm

Daily News: Beloved Brooklyn community farm faces closure

DNA Info: BCF Faces Imminent Eviction

Bushwick Daily: The lot’s owner wants to develop the land

Patch.com: Ducklings And Chicks Face Eviction

 About Bushwick City Farm

Since 2011, the Stockton Street location of Bushwick City Farm (BCF) has been a great benefit to the local community by providing free organic food, youth education, a demographic-spanning gathering place, and a green oasis in a densely urban area. The farm is now facing sudden eviction by the land owner, who wants to develop the land. Sign this petition to help save this crucial neighborhood resource.

Every week, year-round, the farm gives free organic eggs to 10–15 families. During the gardening season, BCF harvests 15–35 lbs of produce per week, and 20–30 families harvest additional food from raised vegetable beds on a “take what you need” basis. The farm also provides vegetable seeds, seedlings, and ornamental potted plants to community members and organizations free of charge. These contributions keep local families healthier and put less of a burden on government programs and food pantries.

One of the most important aspects of Bushwick City Farm is its hands-on youth education component. In an article published on July 20, the Washington Post reported: “Research suggests that getting up close and personal with dirt can improve children’s mental and physical health. Gardening can help kids burn off extra energy and control their impulses, develop strong immune systems, and willingly consume more fruits and vegetables.” BCF is a safe space for young people from diverse backgrounds to meet and learn about urban farming while also taking advantage of a swing set, slide, trampoline, communal bicycles, and basketball court.

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In addition to the neighborhood’s children, BCF contributes positively to the lives of everyone in the community. The farm is surrounded by NYCHA Housing and is the only green space within several blocks. It has become a back yard to so many families, an alternative to sidewalk play, and a much-needed respite and retreat. On any given weekend at the farm, one will hear several different languages being spoken and see folks of all ages relaxing in the shade of a fruit tree or harvesting produce from the garden.

The owner of the lot where BCF resides has asked the occupants to leave by Aug. 31st, as he plans to develop the land. In a rapidly gentrifying neighborhood that is already bristling with luxury condos and massive housing developments, it would be a tragedy to lose the lush oasis BCF provides.

Sign this petition to show that you are committed to supporting community spaces like Bushwick City Farm, whose presence helps to improve local health and provide a community gathering place as well as a safe place for neighborhood kids to play. Bushwick City Farm is a sorely needed and deeply loved community resource.

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The BBQ To Save Bushwick City Farm on Sunday 8/27/17

August 29, 2017

 

Thanks to everyone who came out to our BBQ Sunday!

We love our community. Stay tuned for updates and please keep sharing our online petition and reach out to the mayor’s office, city council and private foundations to help us #savebushwickcityfarm 

 

 

Save Bushwick City Farm!

August 13, 2017

Our farm is under threat… How can you help?

  1. Sign our online petition 
  2. Contact local and NY State representatives BCF letter writing/call script
  3. Attend and invite everyone you know to our Final Summer BBQ on August 27 at 5PM – Location 354 Stockton St. Brooklyn, NY 11206. Download the flyer HERE.
  4. Share this video from Pix 11 News from 8/13/2017 with everyone you know.

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The Struggle in the Press…

Bushwick Community Space Used by Youth and the Elderly Faces Closure

Community Rallies Together To Try And Save Bushwick City Farm

Daily News: Beloved Brooklyn community farm faces closure

DNA Info: BCF Faces Imminent Eviction

Bushwick Daily: The lot’s owner wants to develop the land

Patch.com: Ducklings And Chicks Face Eviction

About Bushwick City Farm

Since 2011, the Stockton Street location of Bushwick City Farm (BCF) has been a great benefit to the local community by providing free organic food, youth education, a demographic-spanning gathering place, and a green oasis in a densely urban area. The farm is now facing sudden eviction by the land owner, who wants to develop the land. Sign this petition to help save this crucial neighborhood resource.

Every week, year-round, the farm gives free organic eggs to 10–15 families. During the gardening season, BCF harvests 15–35 lbs of produce per week, and 20–30 families harvest additional food from raised vegetable beds on a “take what you need” basis. The farm also provides vegetable seeds, seedlings, and ornamental potted plants to community members and organizations free of charge. These contributions keep local families healthier and put less of a burden on government programs and food pantries.

One of the most important aspects of Bushwick City Farm is its hands-on youth education component. In an article published on July 20, the Washington Post reported: “Research suggests that getting up close and personal with dirt can improve children’s mental and physical health. Gardening can help kids burn off extra energy and control their impulses, develop strong immune systems, and willingly consume more fruits and vegetables.” BCF is a safe space for young people from diverse backgrounds to meet and learn about urban farming while also taking advantage of a swing set, slide, trampoline, communal bicycles, and basketball court.

img_3540.jpg

In addition to the neighborhood’s children, BCF contributes positively to the lives of everyone in the community. The farm is surrounded by NYCHA Housing and is the only green space within several blocks. It has become a back yard to so many families, an alternative to sidewalk play, and a much-needed respite and retreat. On any given weekend at the farm, one will hear several different languages being spoken and see folks of all ages relaxing in the shade of a fruit tree or harvesting produce from the garden.

The owner of the lot where BCF resides has asked the occupants to leave by Aug. 31st, as he plans to develop the land. In a rapidly gentrifying neighborhood that is already bristling with luxury condos and massive housing developments, it would be a tragedy to lose the lush oasis BCF provides.

Sign this petition to show that you are committed to supporting community spaces like Bushwick City Farm, whose presence helps to improve local health and provide a community gathering place as well as a safe place for neighborhood kids to play. Bushwick City Farm is a sorely needed and deeply loved community resource.

Summer 2017 Has Begun!

June 12, 2017

It’s been a while since we have posted and we wanted to share some photos from this spring and early summer. We are really excited for a another great year at Bushwick City Farm and we hope to have lots of new visitors this season.

Come and visit us!

Bushwick City Farm:

354 Stockton St. Brooklyn, NY 11221

Hours of Operation: 

12:30-Dusk  – Saturday & Sunday

 

 

2nd Annual Chicken Sh*t Bingo Fundraiser

September 12, 2016

We’re excited to announce our second annual Chicken Sh*t Bingo fundraiser! On Sunday, September 18th, we’ll be turning poop into gold with a rip-roaring Chicken Sh*t Bingo party. All proceeds from the revelry will go toward operating our beautiful farm.

What sorts of fun will there be? We’re so glad you asked!
A raffle with goodies from some fabulous local businesses.

Handmade Bushwick City Farm shirts, patches, and posters!

Cargo bike hayrides from the Cargo Bike Collective!

Face painting from the incredible Lucy Valkyrie


Music!

Drinks!

And of course, Chicken Sh*t Bingo!!

How does Chicken Sh*t Bingo work? We feed our chickens a sumptuous meal and then let them loose on a life-size game board. Attendees buy squares ($5 for two squares!), and then we wait for the birds to do their business. If your square is deemed defecation-worthy, you win an awesome prize!


Hopefully all this poop talk is making you hungry… Incredible food will be available for a small donation. 
We’re super excited about this party—and other folks are too.

Can’t wait to see you on Sunday! Feel free to RSVP on Facebook here

Our First Annual Chicken Sh*t Bingo Fundraising Party!

October 12, 2015

Look at that golden poop! [pic by Julia Roberts]

Look at that golden poop! [pic by Julia Roberts]

We’re excited to announce our very first fundraiser! On Sunday, October 18th, we’ll be turning poop into gold with a rip-roaring Chicken Sh*t Bingo party. All proceeds from the revelry will go toward operating our beautiful farm.

What sorts of fun will there be? We’re so glad you asked!

How does Chicken Sh*t Bingo work? We feed our chickens a sumptuous meal and then let them loose on a life-size game board. Attendees buy squares ($5 for two squares!), and then we wait for the birds to do their business. If your square is deemed defecation-worthy, you win an awesome prize!

Hopefully all this poop talk is making you hungry—our party is generously sponsored by fab Bushwick restaurants Arrogant Swine and Duncan’s Burgers; plates of their delicious grub will be available at a mere $5 each. Once the fundraiser is over, we’ll all adjourn to Arrogant Swine’s beautiful backyard for an after party.

We’re super excited about this party—and other folks are too. We’ve already gotten lovely press from Metro New York, Brooklyn Paper, and Bushwick Daily.

Can’t wait to see you on Sunday! Feel free to RSVP on Facebook here.

Summer 2015 Update

September 23, 2015

As summer 2015 comes to a close, here are some photos from another awesome gardening season. This was a year of firsts…In 2015, we made our first pizza at the farm, had our first flock of chicks hatch onsite and our first grape harvest. Our volunteers have continued to allow Bushwick City Farm to provide free food and a community space in an ever changing neighborhood. Thanks to everyone who makes Bushwick City Farm possible!

   
    
    
    
    
    
   

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