“Working farm” is not the first thing that comes to mind when you think of NYC. But thanks to enterprising individuals, city agencies, communities (and some dating back a century) maybe it should be. Urban agriculture of all kinds is thriving in the city, and you and the kids can check out farms hidden right inside the confines of the boroughs — sometimes in the last place you’d expect them! Click through to see 7 urban farms you can visit without leaving NYC.
We might not have much space on ground level in the city, but there's plenty of space available -- just look up. The Brooklyn Grange is a rooftop farms that sprawls across two spaces (one in Brooklyn and one in Queens). The farms are the two largest soil rooftop farms in the world, producing over 50,000 lbs of organic produce yearly, as well as honey from their apiary. The Brooklyn farm is located inside the Brooklyn Navy Yard, which is not open to the public, but the Flushing farm opens for visits during the Spring. The third Saturday of every month is the free Family Farm Day, where the nonprofit City Growers hosts family-friendly workshops and children's activities. For a more personal experience you can book a tour of the farm for you and the family (no more than four people are allowed per group) at $10 per person.
Open May - October
37-18 Northern Blvd.
Long Island City
photo: Brooklyn Grange via Instagram
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— Yuliya Geikhman