Feedback Farms (FBF) utilizes temporary vacant space to conduct research into new methods of production farming for New York City. As our second location, Myrtle Village Green (MVG) will allow us to more than double the amount of produce grown in our first season, expanding the number of people we will be able to feed with our hyper local produce.
In addition MVG will be instrumental in testing our hypotheses in regards to the technology we have been developing at our first site, including low cost and easy to assemble Sub Irrigated Planters (SIPs) as well as a decentralized Zigbee wireless sensor network that transmits data from our farm, directly to the web.
We are raising funds to help cover the cost of soil and materials for our beds, rain water harvesting, and other necessities around the farm.
We are currently in the process of obtaining materials and building out our farm! We hope to raise enough funds in order to purchase materials we can use to build a greenhouse to extend our growing season through the winter.
In the mean time, we just received a donation of 240,000lbs of soil that we will be working on distributing to other farms and gardens in need. Contact us if you are interested!
why we're doing it
We are doing this because there is a wealth of underutilized spaces in NYC that quickly transform themselves into rat warrens and derelict spaces when left on their own. These spaces, instead of being a scar within the fabric of a community can be transformed into productive spaces that can offset the food imported into the neighborhood and be a space the community is proud of.
We are doing this because we love it, and we want everyone in the community to be able to experience the beauty of farming and knowing about where food comes from. We believe that by showing people what is possible in their backyards, we can inspire others to build the things they dream of in their communities.
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|less ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%)||$46|
|less 3rd Party Credit Card Processing Fee (3%)||$28|
|TOTAL TO DISBURSE =||$883|
Revised budget, 6/23/2014
Amount covered by IOBY project
Flexdrain – irrigation reservior
Soil, compost, biochar
Thanks to support from you through this IOBY campaign, Feedback Farm within Myrtle Village Green is starting it second season!
We had a successful and busy season last year -
- We installed our garden beds at Myrtle Village Green, there is 1600 sq. ft. of growing space within this vibrant 18,000 sq. ft. green space on DEP property. We have a mix of sub-irrigated and traditional raised beds. Last season, we grew garlic, heirloom tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, kales, beets, carrots, garlic, herbs and lettuce mixes. Some of our favorite crops from last season were the French heirloom tomato, jaune flamme, and the Peruvian pepper, aji amarillo.
- We piloted a working share community supported agriculture program. Our hardworking members committed to working regular shifts on the farm, learning about small scale marker vegetable production. In exchange for their labor, they had lots of fun and received a basket of produce that they helped grow, every two weeks from July through the end of September.
- We partnered with The Doe Fund, a New York nonprofit organization helping formerly homeless men and women achieve independence and self-sufficiency. They are starting an urban agriculture job training program.
- We field-tested our modular and mobile planter design. The lots were our first space was located within A Small Green Patch community garden is slated for development. These beds were lifted with a small forklift, loaded in a truck and moved to The Doe Fund’s site in Bushwick.
- We published the results of our on-farm raised bed trial in a special issue on urban agriculture in a peer-reviewed scientific journal, Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems. It is the first evaluation of sub-irrigated planters for small scale growing and is a contribution to the sparse literature on best practices for urban agriculture. Check it out - http://journals.cambridge.org/download.php?file=%2FRAF%2FS1742170514000131a.pdf&code=3e315de15c92f02ed36eebf438633b36
- Throughout the season, we hosted workshops covering topics like seed starting, green manures and cover crops, subirrigated planters, low tunnels, and how to grow garlic.
- We participated in 5 Borough Farm’s Making the Measure project, which aims to use participatory methods to design metrics for measuring benefits in gardens. This is a citizen science project that builds off the work of Crop Count to understand the many activities happening in gardens citywide and whether they contribute health, social, economic, and ecological benefits, as well as to the goals of municipal agencies and elected officials.
- We worked with Bedford-Stuyvesant Campaign Against Hunger to build and distribute modular low-maintenance sub-irrigated planters for twenty of their food insecure constituents who had access to outdoor growing space.
- We partnered with Nightingale 9, a new Vietnamese restaurant on Smith St. to install a kitchen garden. Herbs play a big role in Vietnamese cuisine and they are growing specialty herbs like lemongrass, kinh gioi, and rau ram in the garden.
Thank you for making all of this possible!
Hello Friends, Neighbors, Farmers!
Volunteer Days this week:
Saturday, April 28 - (9am - 2pm)
Sunday, April 29 - (2pm - 6pm) Building!
Tuesday, May 1 (1pm - 5pm)
Great work done this past weekend and Tuesday! We covered the rest of the community lot with the dirt that Green Thumb sent us to help provide a safer space. We received a mulch delivery from a donor to help build paths, 2 benches were built and the back wall is really coming along!
Can you help? Help needed!
- Hold open hours during the week and on weekend throughout the season
A Small Green Patch: www.asmallgreenpatch.com
General meeting at 1pm - there will be more drawings of potential garden lay-outs and we want more of your feedback! A wood donation will be delivered at 8am on Saturday. There will be an extra volunteer day this week - Sunday, from 2-6pm, we will also have a carpenter on hand to help teach us all how to build raised beds, benches and more!
Feedback Farms: www.feedbackfarms.com
This week we received a generous donation of a compost bin from the Gowanus Canal Conservancy, as well as supersacks to use as raised beds from the Brooklyn Grange - thanks to both organizations for their support!
Working prototypes of our sub-irrigated beds are on the site now. Things are moving along! This week we will be laying out the rest of the pallets and modifying supersacks for use as beds.
Textile Arts Center: www.textileartscenter.com
We finished building the raised beds and will be laying down weed barrier, setting beds in place and filling them with soil on Saturday. Along with some sowing of native plants in the meadow area (kid friendly activity!)
St. Lydia's: http://stlydias.org
St. Lydia's will be laying out their space and starting bed construction.
Planning Meeting: Tuesday, 4/17/2012 (6-8:00pm)
Location: 306 Dean St., Apt. 2B (buzzer - Sullivan/Hallaran)
These discussions will be shared with the larger group this Saturday, but anyone is welcome to come and participate. We'll have a few drinks and snacks but feel free to bring whatever delicious treats you have. Please RSVP email@example.com if you plan on attending.
Volunteer Days this week:
Tuesday, April 17 (1pm - 5pm)
Saturday, April 21 (9am - 2pm)
Sunday, April 22 (1pm - 5pm)
Please let us know if you are interested in helping with any of the following:
- getting electric to the lot so we can use tools to build benches or generator?
- have a car/van/truck and can help pickup materials
- we want sod installed - do you have any connections?
The Boerum Hill Association will host its annual greening meeting on Thursday April 19 at 7pm at the Belarusian Church on Atlantic Ave at Bond St. The theme of this year's meeting is Neighborhood Greening Summit and we will hear about and discuss different efforts to beautify and horticulturally enliven our neighborhood. Everyone is welcome! Experts and novices alike.
Presentations will include:
Melissa Ennen, owner of The Commons will discuss the roof garden, composting, and bee keeping on the roof of her building.
Clare from Feedback Farms, a new community garden on Bergen St will give a progress report on their efforts.
Inger Staggs Yancey of Brooklyn Greenroofs will speak about residential green roof and green block design and installation.
Information will be available about the Hoyt Street Garden Association Plant Sale.
There will be an update on BHA tree planting efforts.
There will be plenty of time for questions of the speakers, as well as open discussion of ways to green up the neighborhood. Hope to see you there!
Celebrate Earth Day 2012 and Help "Green" 4th Ave!
Saturday April 21, 2012
10am - 2pm with the Forth on Fourth Ave Committee of Park Slope Civic Council (PSCC)
Join us to improve 4th Ave by greening our new street trees! As part of the Park Slope Civic Sweep, we will adopt, clean, mulch and plant 16 new trees that have been planted along 4th Ave between St.Marks Place and President St. Come get dirty for Earth Day, help us improve the streetscape and learn more about Forth on Fourth Ave, a subcommittee of the PSCC aimed to help improve 4th Ave.
3 main work spots along 4th Ave will be:
St. Marks Place and 4th Ave,
Butler and 4th Ave,
President and 4th Ave.
We welcome everyone! Tools provided, Kids welcome. (You can bring your own gloves and tools, if you have them.)
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