Urban Farm Project
QBG’s Urban Farm is an exciting partnership with the NYC Department of Sanitation Bureau of Waste Prevention, Reuse and Recycling (BWPRR). Part of the NYC Compost Project’s Local Organics Recovery Program, the farm was developed to show the link between food waste and food production. Organic debris generated on the farm and at the Garden will be turned into finished compost and used to nurture the soil. Food scraps from QBG and the neighboring community will be incorporated into the composting system to diversify the nutrient content of the finished material and provide residents with an easy food scrap drop-off opportunity at QBG.
This effort builds on the growing focus on urban farming, food systems, food justice and environmental stewardship; all central tenets of QBG's sustainability and healthy living programs. QBG and BWPRR worked collaboratively to develop the vision and create this half-acre, sustainably managed, vegetable farm. Fertilizers are natural and there will be a robust crop rotation system to keep the soil healthy. The goal is to eventually create a no-till urban farm model.
Volunteers, students, and adult interns will help keep the whole effort running and embedded in the local community. We have already hosted students from John Bowne H.S. and NYC Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP). These youth planted a variety of flowers and herbs along the fence line surrounding the farm. Students also planted several varieties of garlic as well as winter cover crops of winter rye, field peas, and crimson clover.
Adult volunteer apprentices will be needed throughout the season. Our volunteer urban farmers will plant over 25 different types of food crops, including many heirlooms! And spring School tours will include hands-on activities.
QBG’s farmers will grow crops, sell those crops to the community, accept the scraps back at the Farmers Market and compost them. This compost will be applied to the fields, completing the cycle by returning nutrients to the place from whence they came.