After a trial run late in the 2011 growing season (interrupted by an emergency evacuation for Hurricane Irene), EcoStation:NY's Farm-in-the-Sky @ Brooklyn Fire Proof East tripled in size and production in 2012, using traditional and experimental DIY ("Do-It-Yourself") techniques and "upcycled" containers to grow a wide variety of crops.
Under the direction of EcoStation's Director of Farms & Education, Maggie Cheney, Community Apprentice Matthen Lebon oversaw production of over thirty different kinds of vegetables, herbs, greens, and microgreens, which then made their way to our Bushwick Farmers' Market locations, and to our "RSA" (Restaurant-Supported Agriculture) partners, which included five fine neighborhood businesses eager to support local agriculture (list at right).
We also had the exciting addition of bees in 2012, thanks to some local volunteer beekeepers.
Farm-in-the-Sky has become a center for learning for area rooftop farmers, gardeners, and beekeepers, hosting a series of workshops as part of EcoStation's "Raise the Roof" event series at Brooklyn Fire Proof East Café, celebrating local food, art, and culture.
Many thanks to Brooklyn Fire Proof for their continued support!
Note: Applications for EcoStation's
2013 Community Apprentice Program, which includes
rooftop farming and beekeeping opportunities,
are now being accepted.
at these great
Momo Sushi Shack
Brooklyn Fire Proof East Café