Celebrating the harvest

There’s nothing better than reaping the fruits (and vegetables) of your labors.

This harvest was all the more meaningful for us at the NYU Urban Farm Lab — it was our first.  After nearly 10 years of hard work making the farm a reality, director of NYU Steinhardt’s Food Studies masters program Jennifer Schiff Berg and professor Amy Bentley welcomed a group of about 60 people to the Urban Farm Lab this past Thursday to celebrate.

The harvest party was the perfect way to usher in fall, with a delicious spread of tomato tarts, veggies, cookies, and of course, a few bottles of Cava to toast a new season and a new opportunity for urban agriculture to flourish in New York City.

As the yellow cabs whizzed down Houston, guests from the NYU community — including Dean of the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development Mary Brabeck! — and others harvested eggplants, carrots, jalapenos, peppers, arugula, tomatoes, herbs, and even a few watermelons from the University’s new urban farm lab, the first-ever urban agriculture project on New York City landmarked land.

We (the students in NYU’s first-ever Urban Agriculture class) are now busy taking stock of our summer plots, pickling jalapenos and green tomatoes, turning over soil, prepping beds, and sprouting our winter crops. The work is just beginning, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have you along for the ride.

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