Launched in 2009, Farming Concrete is an open, community-based research project started by gardeners to measure how much food is grown in New York City’s community gardens and school gardens. In collaboration with Design Trust for Public Space on their Five Borough Farm project, we are expanding the online data collection tool (Barn) to include over a dozen new metrics, including skills shared in the garden, moods changed in the garden, and four different ways to measure compost. By the end of 2014, we will release a public data portal for accessing this new dataset (Mill). Stay tuned!
If you are a gardener or farmer in New York City:
Come to an upcoming workshop! D Rooney and Sheryll Durrant will be walking through how you can use the new Toolkit in your garden.
RSVP to 5BFoutreach (at) farmingconcrete.org. Share with your networks.
Saturday February 28 – 1pm-3pm
39-31 29th Street
Long Island City, NY 11101
Courtesy of Gil Lopez of BBG and Smiling Hogshead Ranch
Thursday March 5 – 6pm-8pm
Kelly Street Garden Office
924 Kelly Street
Bronx, NY 10459
Sunday March 8 – 1:30pm-3:30pm
The Lab @ Brooklyn Central Library
10 Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn, NY 11238
Thursday March 12 - 6pm-8pm
Just Food Office
1133 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10036
This workshop will be for technical assistance providers
Monday March 23rd – 6-8pm
Citizens Committee for New York City
Please RSVP for the address
Friday March 27 – 6pm-8pm
The Doe Fund
2960 Frederick Douglass Boulevard
New York, NY 10039
If you are a gardener or farmer outside New York City:
Download the toolkit and use Barn for free! If you are interested in implementing a city-wide program, we are available for consulting.
Contact: Mara Gittleman
mara (at) farmingconcrete (dot) org
Farming Concrete is fiscally sponsored by the Open Space Institute, Inc. as part of their Citizen Action Program. OSI is a nonprofit public charity exempt from federal income tax under Sections 501(c)(3) and 509(a)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributionsshould be made payable to “Open Space Institute, Inc. / Farming Concrete” and are tax deductable to the extent permitted by law.