The first phase developed policy and metrics recommendations to support and grow urban agriculture in NYC in partnership with Added Value. To work towards implementation of our key policy and metrics goals, we partnered with the NYC Parks Department on a second phase of the project. Now in its third and final phase, we are working with Farming Concrete to scale up urban agriculture in NYC.
Five Borough Farm: Phase II, conducted in partnership with the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation, builds on the policy and metrics recommendations developed in the first phase in order to strengthen and expand urban agriculture in NYC.
Five Borough Farm: Phase I found a groundswell of demand for urban agriculture citywide, as New Yorkers have reclaimed every kind of marginal and leftover space to grow food. However, several critical issues must be addressed in order for urban agriculture to achieve its full potential in New York City, including access to city-owned land, the availability of funding and essential materials such as soil and compost, and the economic development potential of the city’s farms and gardens.
Two key obstacles currently prevent government officials from developing a long-range, citywide urban agriculture plan or making large-scale resource commitments: a lack of evidence demonstrating urban agriculture’s value to the city, and the absence of a structure or process to coordinate actions across multiple agencies and engage key stakeholders in decision-making. Phase II aims to address these obstacles by:
Working with a new team of Fellows with expertise in community engagement, data collection, land use policy, and green infrastructure, we:
The final project publication, Five Borough Farm II: Growing the Benefits of Urban Agriculture in New York City, proposes ways of better understanding and demonstrating the benefits of urban agriculture, recommends strategies for farmers and gardeners, support organizations, and government agencies to maximize these benefits, and explores the potential for expanding the types and scale of urban agriculture in the city.
We form a partnership with the NYC Department of the Parks & Recreation for this new phase of the project.
Together with our Partner, we determine the scope, schedule, and budget for the project.
We select a new team of Fellows for this second phase:
The urban agriculture task force meets quarterly to discuss topics like land use and availability, funding, job training, and compost.
Approximately 30 farmers
and gardeners from across the five boroughs of NYC commit to collecting data.
Gardeners and farmers discuss the types of things they want to measure in their gardens.
The Outreach Fellows distribute the draft data collection toolkit and the necessary equipment to 30 gardens around NYC.
The team and staff work to synthesize the research, findings, and feedback from farmers and gardeners.
The core group of farmers and gardeners field testing the data toolkit reconvenes in October, six months after the first workshop, to provide feedback about the toolkit.
The project team finalizes their recommendations and begins working on the final project publication.
The project publication, Five Borough Farm II: Growing the Benefits of Urban Agriculture in New York City, is released at the NYC Parks Department headquarters in Central Park. Read about the event.
The third and final phase of our Five Borough Farm project will increase the amount of data available on urban agriculture in NYC and identify sustainable funding models for farmers and gardeners to continue their work.
April 1, 2014
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 @ 1:30 PM