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:
For the 2014 growing season, the Five Borough Farm project team will help you get started with one-on-one coaching from our network of community trainers. Send us an email to find out more about our support services in 2014.
Contact: D Rooney
5BFoutreach (at) farmingconcrete (dot) org
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.