Urban farms

On my 30-day tour of America I stumbled on two urban farms. The first was in New York city at Battery Park.

Battery Park urban farm

Battery Park urban farm

The plots themselves were protected by a pike fence that pointed inward toward the gardens. With the vandalism we have in Bremerton at Blueberry Park, I can’t imagine what it would be like to try to defend a stationary plot in the biggest city in the country.

Garden fortress

Garden fortress

In Albuquerque right outside the transportation center we stumbled on the Alvarado Urban Farm.

Alvarado Urban Farm

Alvarado Urban Farm

The raised beds here had clearly just been put in. Very few had anything growing, just a few tomato plants.
Obviously this farm will be dependent on a water source. It was so hot and sunny in October, I thought the growing season lean toward the winter months.

Farm beds

Farm beds

I didn’t seek out urban farms as I did co-ops and farmers markets, I just found these passing by. It would be interesting to tour farms around the country. I’d start with Detroit. I talked to a firefighter from the town who talked about a rural reclamation program there. At least a third of the city has been abandoned and the city is encouraging farmers to move in. I’d like to hear a lot more about that. If we are lucky this will be the future for all our urban centers.

Links:
Battery Park urban farm
Alvarado Urban Farm
Detroit Urban Agriculture


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