Brownsville Farm

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Nora  Brownsville

We've done a lot of cool things together, right? We've made a cookbook. We've made an iPad app (more on this soon!), and we've helped Detroit Dirt with a composting project. We'd like to do more on-the-ground projects and there's one that we'd love to see the FOOD52 community get behind. Here in Brownsville, New York City, Nora Painten (that's her above), wants to transform this scrappy lot into a school garden for the children attending PS 323.

While working for Slow Food NYC this summer, Nora spotted the lot and discovered that it was owned by the city. She's done the very hard work of receiving permission from Green Thumb, Grow NYC, and the support of PS 323 to incorporate the garden into their class curriculum. Now all she needs is for us to help her meet her goal on Kickstarter -- she's almost there -- and help her get the project under way. This winter, she'd like to add a water system to the lot. Then she'll add raised beds and build a sturdy fence and an outdoor classroom. It's an all-hands-on-deck project -- woodworkers, architects, gardeners, and designers are welcome.

So head on over there and check it out, and if you feel like we do, add a few bucks and help Nora meet her goal. And if you're in NYC, get involved. Volunteer to help Nora. Because the only way to change the food system is to get involved in it!

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over 3 years ago aargersi

Abbie is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Absolutely I am in - they have met their goal but I am SURE that they can use any additional help ... what a great project!!!


over 3 years ago MrsWheelbarrow

Cathy is a trusted source on Pickling/Preserving.

I am so in.


over 3 years ago luvcookbooks

Meg is a trusted home cook.

luv this idea of promoting projects for kids
live in the bronx but will volunteer when able (it's not THAT far to Brooklyn)


over 3 years ago Kristen Miglore

Kristen is the Executive Editor of Food52

This is so great! Thanks for all the up-to-the-minute reports.


over 3 years ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

Hurrah! She met the goal so the project is happening!


over 3 years ago vvvanessa

fantastic! i love gardens in brooklyn!


over 3 years ago mrslarkin

Mrs. Larkin is a trusted source on Baking.

What an awesome idea!! She only needs just over a hundred bucks now!! Thanks for highlighting this great project, guys.


over 3 years ago gingerroot

I love this and know firsthand how growing food is a transformative experience. Cheers to Nora, school gardens, and making urban spaces green ones!


over 3 years ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

What a great project! Cheers to Nora and I will definitely kick in a few bucks to help her get it off the ground.


over 3 years ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

BTW... I just made my contribution and the project is only $224 short of it's goal which needs to be met by Sunday 11/27 for it to get funded!