Do you know where to find the world’s largest rooftop soil farms? Believe it or not, they’re right here in Brooklyn! This week I asked Ben Flanner of Brooklyn Grange to tell me more about the two farms he operates–a 1.5 acre rooftop in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, and a 1-acre rooftop in Long Island City– and what he’s been cultivating (and selling every Sunday at McGolrick’s Farmers Market). The farms grow over 50,000 lbs of organically-cultivated produce per year. In addition to growing and distributing fresh local vegetables and herbs, Brooklyn Grange also sells local honey from New York City’s first commercial apiary, provides urban farming and green roof consulting and installation services to clients worldwide, and partner with numerous non-profit organizations throughout New York to promote healthy and strong local communities. Continue reading
Imagine Greenpoint consisting of wooden buildings instead of its famous vinyl siding beauties. An image from yesteryear? How about: The future! (Brownstoner)
As mentioned by Jen on Wednesday, Beacon’s Closet is headed to Greenpoint because Williamsburg is too rich for their second hand blood.
But there’s some potential drama, too, because some people are saying that Vice magazine is pushing them out. In other news, Vice magazine has completely sold out by selling $70MM of it’s enterprise to media villian, Rupert Murdoch.
If you haven’t tried Brooklyn Grange’s amazing honey that you can get every Sunday at the McGolrick Park Farmer’s Market, the NY Times covers Chase Emmons non-stop work life to bring Brooklyn bees’ tasty condiment to our tables.
What do you get when you cross super heroes with local beer? Brooklyn Defender! (Gothamist)
Folks, there’s an all new bus route going through our neighborhood beginning this week. Introducing the B32 Bus!
And finally, don’t forget to vote! And check out this fun graph on who actual votes in NYC primaries.
On Thursday, April 4th, 2013 from 7-10pm at Brooklyn Brewery (79 No. 11th St) – The Brooklyn Kitchen & The Brooklyn Grange present The 4th Annual Meatball Slapdown. For $50, taste the balls of the bestest chef’s in NYC then watch as celebrities judge the balls – all for Kids! All proceeds go to Classrooms in the Kitchen! & City Growers!
I recently bought bee pollen at the Greenmarket because I am bi-curious about bee products. It is termed a SUPERFOOD! Meg Paska, the infamous Brooklyn Homesteader, who keeps bees (among other things) right here in Greenpoint, is kind enough to school us on bee pollen.
To learn more about DIY beekeeping in Brooklyn, on May 20th there will be a class at Hayseed’s Big City Farm Supply, a pop-up shop on India St dedicated to urban farming brought to you by Brooklyn Grange, Domestic Construction and Brooklyn Homesteader.
GP: What is bee pollen?
Meg: Pollen is a reproductive matter created by angiosperms (ground-dwelling flowering plants) to aid in species propagation. It’s made up of many small grains that contain the male gametes that are required for plant fertilization. Bee pollen is just pollen that has been collected and prepared by honeybees.