“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.

Governor’s Island Teaching Garden

This garden/farm is just one more reason to hop on the ferry and visit Governor's Island in Spring. In addition to hosting school and camp trips, the farm on Governor's Island is free and open to the public on weekends as long as the island is open. The farm is a great place to learn about agriculture and green farming, with over 20 vegetable beds made from recycled materials, an outdoor oven and kitchen, a rainwater harvesting system, and many other aspects of urban farming to learn about. Families are welcome to explore and watch the farm in action, and farm volunteers are usually around to answer questions.

Open May - October
778 Enright Rd
Governor's Island
Online: Grownyc.org

photo: via GrowNYC Facebook page 

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— Yuliya Geikhman