Farming Concrete is proud to release our third and final NYC Harvest Report. While this study is over, the project will continue to live on in the hands of gardeners and researchers here in NYC and beyond.
Excerpt from the report:
This project would not have been possible without the participation of the many gardeners who counted, weighed, and recorded their harvests with us. One of our main goals with this project was to pilot a way for community gardeners to collect and use their own data. While this project focused on measuring food production, similar strategies could be used to quantify food scraps going into the compost pile, rainwater diverted from the sewer system, or the number of people interacting with the garden. We see Farming Concrete as a jumping-off point for answering these types of inquiries in a way that is respectful to the people who are asking and answering these questions. In the tradition of all open source projects, our hope is that communities will be able to build upon what we’ve created–both software and methodology–to achieve their own goals.
If you are a gardener who participated in 2012 and would like to receive a copy of your garden’s report, contact gardens (at) farmingconcrete (dot) org.
Over 100 gardens participated this year! We’re beyond grateful to all of the participating gardeners and our talented team of trainers. Thanks to you, we know more about our gardens and can record the incredible harvests gardeners grow every year. What a great way to wrap up the last year of this three-year project!
We’re busily gathering all of the data recorded this year and entering it into our Barn so that we can send out Harvest Reports to all of the gardens that participated this year. If you plan to enter your Harvest Logs online but need access to the site, contact Eric [eric (at) farmingconcrete (dot) org] for log-in information. You can also mail in your harvest logs. Deadline is December, however feel free to send in your logs as soon as your harvest is complete.
In other news, CropCount was mentioned in an article in Grist on metrics in gardening! Also, if you missed our article published in Cities and the Environment this summer, you can download a free copy here.
WE PASSED THE HALFWAY MARK!
This has been a monumental season for Farming Concrete. We have over 60 community and school gardens crop counted and weighing their harvests so far this season.
This year, our goal is to have at least 100 gardens participating in the Farming Concrete program. You can help us reach this goal by sharing our project with other like-minded gardeners who may not yet be participating in our program (our sign-up form is here).
BARN IS NOW MOBILE FRIENDLY!
Our data entry site, Barn, now works on smartphones, too! Participating gardeners can now enter data through Harvest Count as they harvest. Contact Eric [eric (at) farmingconcrete (dot) org] for access.
ARE YOU A PARTICIPATING GARDENER?
Let us know how it’s growing! Email jennifer (at) farmingconcrete (dot) org with photos and stories about this year’s harvest. We’ll feature your garden on our website.
Also, remember to send in your harvest logs. Deadline is December 31, however feel free to send us copies as you go.
WE’VE BEEN PUBLISHED!
The Farming Concrete team is pleased to announce our first peer reviewed journal article, entitled Using Citizen Science to Quantify Community Garden Crop Yields, recently published in Cities and the Environment. The paper came out of our presentation at last year’s ACGA conference and covers our community-base science methods, results from 2010 and 2011, how the project has evolved over time, and more. Download a copy of the article here.
PLANNING FOR FALL
If you are one of those gardeners who spent as little time as possible tending to your garden while the temperatures were over 90 degrees, who could blame you? In the words of songwriter Cole Porter, it was just ”too darn hot.” Now that it has started to cool down, it is the time to get back out there and show your garden as much love and enthusiasm as you did at the beginning of this growing season. Cool weather crops for fall harvests can be planted in your garden right now!By planting cold crops now, you will be harvesting delicious vegetables well into fall.
PLANT THESE VEGETABLES NOW
Basil, Beets, Bush beans, Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Cilantro, Green Onion, Kale, Kohlrabi, Leaf lettuce, Mustard greens, Peas, Radishes, and Spinach.
Enjoy the last days of summer, start planting more seeds tomorrow, and weigh what you harvest this year. Keep growing!
It’s the beginning of July, and Farming Concrete is in full swing. We train several gardens in record keeping every week and help them conduct inventory of their crops, or Crop Count. We got new hanging scales this year, making the project more visible in gardens and also more convenient. Want a scale? Sign up here! All NYC community gardens and school gardens are eligible. You can also download our forms for free and get your garden on the map with just a Crop Count. Contact us for more info.
This year also brought us a new crop of trainers – some veterans and some new. All are gardeners from across the city and are excited to visit your garden. Meet the 2012 trainers:
2011 harvest data is now available on our Harvest Map! Explore our data on urban agriculture yields in community and school gardens through this interactive webmap http://harvest.farmingconcrete.org/
Map users can toggle between 2010 and 2011 data, as well as filter by crop and by neighborhood. Harvest Map is a fun way to look at data about the food gardeners grow in NYC. Enjoy!