Finding Community through Farming: The Children’s Harvest

By Brooke Elliott Living in New York it can be hard to find a real sense of community. So much is happening at once that finding natural comforting places is a challenge. For some people, a walk in central park is enough to cure the passing blues, but another great option is participating in a…

Urbanity and the Agricultural Ideal

By Ethan Johns America is the land of self-determination, self-sufficiency, liberalism, rugged individualism. Founded on the ideals of the yeoman farmer and grown by concepts of frontier-oriented manifest destiny, land ownership and stewardship was the original marker of a citizen in America. While the nation has accepted that land-owners are not the only citizens entitled…

What’s Dirt Got to Do With It?

I love dirt. Dirt is important to me. When I was six my sister refused to let me sit on her bed because apparently there was dirt in my hair (there was). It didn’t really bother me though because the time I spent outside, investigating each blade of grass and each creepy crawler, was worth…

From Communes to Cabs

When I first arrived at the NYU Urban Farm, I was quickly struck by one thing in particular- how orderly everything seemed to be. My only previous experience in agriculture had been at a permaculture-style farm community called Gaia Yoga Gardens on the Big Island of Hawaii. Needless to say, the farming practices and were…

Artists on the Farm? Musings on art’s place in urban agriculture

For the past few years, my focus has see-sawed between visual art and a concern for the natural environment (two painfully general, but hopefully generative foci). This isn’t to suggest that these lenses are mutually exclusive. In fact, they overlap in fundamental places. Artists and environmentalists share a broad interest in effecting the way people…

A First Experience on a Farm

For someone who has never stepped foot on a farm, entering a class where most of my classmates have already had some previous experience or connection with a farm was extremely intimidating. It has now been about 6 weeks since my first Intro to Urban Agriculture class and I absolutely love it. To be completely…

Turn Turn Turn

By Linda Stern There is a song by Pete Seeger called Turn Turn Turn. As the title suggests it is about renewal. The garden analogies are endless. The farmer turns and loosens soil in order to promote new growth. Plants emerge and then when they die we take their stalks and leaves cut them up…

Connecting the Farm to the Consumer

By Marcy McMahon Before working on the NYU Urban Farm, I was ignorant about the food growing process. I understood that shopping at the farmer’s market yielded healthier food than the supermarket. But at the farmer’s market, consumers only see the end result of the work put in to growing their food. Alternatively, while working…

Guerilla Gardening

Elana Joffe delves into the practice of reclaiming political power through plants.