“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.

Q Gardens

Q Gardens started as an unused lot hidden behind a train station entrance. Now the little triangular space is home to a composting center and a herb, fruit, and vegetable farm producing a higher yield every year. The little farm is open Saturday and Sunday for two hours each where you and the kids can contribute to the composting bins. They also host events like the annual BBQ, providing a friendly place for the community to get together. Make sure to say hello to the resident cat colony, cared for by members of the team.

Open year round
50 E. 18th St. (entrance at 70 E. 18th St.)
Online: qgardens.org

photo: via Q Gardens Facebook page 

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— Yuliya Geikhman