This crowded but comfy Impact Session on February 5 hosted some awe-inspiring urban agriculture projects in New York. Jenn Nelkin, Greenhouse Director and partner at Gotham Greens, presented a highly efficient, structured, and business-driven approach to urban farming. Gotham Greens is designed as the largest rooftop urban farm in the five boroughs. The Greenpoint-based project has received over $1M in investments for a high tech, hydroponic and solar powered farm that seeks to make farming a 21st century, clean tech venture.
Stacey Murphy, founder of BK Farmyards, then contrasted their approach to urban agriculture. This decentralized, low-tech, community-driven project seeks to strengthen neighborhood, school, and religious communities around backyard farming. By matching Brooklyn landowners with urban farmers and local restaurants, Stacey is building a network of ultra local produce across Brooklyn. Leveraging social media, the project has caught the attention of large and small parties looking to take part in this urban transformation.
Finally, Dave Gottlieb shared the Ananda Harvest project, a community-based organic farm an hour outside of New York that gathers NYC volunteers and connects them with the emerging Ananda farm. Volunteers learn about sustainable farming methods, lend a hand, and connect with each other through the farming experience.
This series sells out fast, so be sure to RSVP early for the next one on March 5!