Farm and Food Profiles

Brief Interviews on Local Farms: Rooftop Ready Seeds

Brief Interviews on Local Farms: Rooftop Ready Seeds

In addition to acting as farm manager for Riverpark Farm, Zach Pickens is the founder of a seed company that specifically saves seeds adapted for the rooftops of New York City. Following is my interview with Rooftop Ready Seeds founder, Zach Pickens. Monica Johnson: Tell me a little bit about Rooftop Ready Seeds. It started in 2010, so it’s a fairly new company. What motivated you to start the company? Zach Pickens: “I started seed […]

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November 6, 2013 at 8:00 amColumns Culture Farm and Food Profiles

Brief Interviews on Local Farms: Riverpark Farm

Riverpark restaurant exterior 
[Monica Johnson]

In 2011, a large urban farm was created to service the highly acclaimed Riverpark restaurant. Utilizing a stalled construction site, the farm was designed with mobility in mind using lined milk crates. This makes it easy to move and create the size and shape of the farm. At the beginning of this year, construction resumed and the milk crates were relocated. Now, the farm now exists a few feet away from its original location. Following […]

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October 30, 2013 at 9:00 amColumns Culture Farm and Food Profiles

Brief Interviews on Local Farms: OKO Farms

Plants growing in an aquaponics system at Oko Farms
[Monica Johnson]

OKO Farms is an aquaponic farm located in Brooklyn founded by three collaborating parties: Moore Street Market, the Brooklyn Economic Development Corporation (BEDC), and OKO Farms. Aquaponics is becoming a popular way to farm as it simulates a symbiotic and naturally occurring system between plants and fish and provides both for consumption. Following is my interview with Yemi Amu and Jonathan Boe, co-founders of OKO farms. MJ: You are an aquaponic farm located at the […]

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October 23, 2013 at 9:00 amColumns Culture Farm and Food Profiles

Brief Interviews on Local Farms: S.A.V.E. Farms

Oyster mushrooms at SAVE Farms
[credit: Monica Johnson]

Anya Pozdeeva and Christopher Toole run an afterschool program in the Hunts Point section of the Bronx. Here, more than any other part of NYC, needs their help as this area has some of the most polluted air in the World. They teach kids about creating a healthy urban ecosystem that includes aquaponics, permaculture, foraging, and food justice. Their business ventures include the Society for Aquaponic Values and Education (SAVE) and Vertically Integrated Farms. Following […]

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October 16, 2013 at 9:00 amColumns Culture Farm and Food Profiles

Brief Interviews on Local Farms: Feedback Farms

Feedback Farms
[Monica Johnson]

Feedback Farms was founded in 2011 by four people: Tom Hallaran, Clare Sullivan, Kallie Weinkle, and Gregory Sogorka, with the idea of turning vacant lots into farms and offering results to the public from various urban agricultural research projects they conduct. They currently have two lots that are working farms, both located in Brooklyn. Following is my interview with two of the founding partners, Gregory and Tom. Monica Johnson: Tell me what Feedback Farms is […]

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October 9, 2013 at 8:30 amAgriculture Farm and Food Profiles

Brief Interviews on Local Farms: EcoStation

One of EcoStation's Hoop Houses
[Monica Johnson]

EcoStation is a collective of projects nestled into the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn. The three main projects of EcoStation are the Bushwick Campus Farm, a farm located on the grounds of a high school, the Bushwick Farmers Markets, a food market serving 5 weekly locations, and the Farm-in-the-Sky, a farm that explores the growing possibilities unique to rooftop fruit and vegetable production. Following is my interview with Maggie Cheney, the director of farms and education […]

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October 2, 2013 at 8:00 amColumns Culture Farm and Food Profiles

Brief Interviews on Local Farms: Eagle Street Farms

Rows of staked peppers at Eagle St Farm
[Monica Johnson]

Situated among the hipsters and ever-expanding condos, a 6000 square foot rooftop farm thrives atop a film and television studio in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Founded in 2009, Eagle Street Rooftop Farm is the first commercial rooftop farm in New York City. The first few seasons, Eagle Street grew a little bit of everything, but now focuses on hot peppers, kale, lettuce mixes, herbs, and hot sauce that is sold to local restaurants and at markets. Earlier […]

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September 25, 2013 at 8:00 amColumns Culture Farm and Food Profiles

Boulton & Son in Ashland, Oregon

Boulton & Son in Ashland, Oregon

When Elisa and Jonathan Boulton moved to the Applegate Valley in Southern Oregon from the Bay Area, they didn’t expect to open a butcher shop. They wanted to try their hand at farming, raising pigs and other livestock to provide themselves and their community with quality meat from a sustainable, local source. Every Tuesday from May to November they hauled their fresh cuts an hour each way to Ashland for the farmer’s market from Applegate, […]

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April 3, 2013 at 6:00 amColumns Culture Farm and Food Profiles

Meet California’s Schaner Farms – No Certification Required

Meet California’s Schaner Farms – No Certification Required

For a related recipe, sampling some Schaner Farm’s citrus, try this seasonal Citrus Salad with Honeyed Yogurt.  Twenty-five miles east of the Pacific Ocean, in California’s northern San Diego County, Peter and Kayne Schaner cultivate avocado and citrus trees and a rotating selection of vegetables. Much of their harvest is destined for the kitchens of L.A.’s best restaurants but the Schaner’s also sell at farmers markets, which is good news for patrons seeking elusive Kaffir limes, […]

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February 18, 2013 at 1:57 pmColumns Culture Farm and Food Profiles