Friday, March 26, 2010

Prospect Avenue Miracle?

I'm trying to keep it real, but walking downhill towards the Crossroads Cafe I came across something very exciting. A lot that had remained wild for years was getting a thorough clean up as the owner of this patch of land intends to farm it for the benefit of the community. Community Supported Agriculture cultivated right here in the neighborhood! This could be an amazing community resource. Mazel Tov to the farm! If you'd like to help get the farm in shape, Tom is asking for volunteers for a crew that will gather Sunday. Here's the info he posted on KWT Neighbors. I'll be down South for Passover, raising a glass to the WT crop mob.

Prospect Avenue Farm Kickoff March 28

As the spring approaches I am preparing the vacant lot below the Seeley Street bridge in Windsor Terrace to become a farm that produces fresh vegetables for our community. It will take a lot of work to make that happen and I can't do it by myself. I've mostly cleared the land but it needs to be terraced; the soil has to be tested; composting has to start and new soil made; and then planting can begin.

I invite friends, neighbors, students and all aspiring farmers to join me in planning and carrying out this project. On Sunday March 28, 9 am to 2 pm, all are invited to come by to help prepare the site and talk about next steps. If you have a shovel and rake bring them along.

While my wife (Emma) and I own the land, our main interest is in showing how small pieces of land like this (about 5,000 square feet) can contribute to local, healthy alternatives to the industrial food system. This will help expand the growing movement of community-supported agriculture. Come along!

Tom Angotti, 1194 Prospect Avenue, Brooklyn


Maki said...

I saw that site of farm. I think that great. You will busy for farm. Could you tell me about it sometimes?

amarilla said...

For sure. For starters, it's on a slope and will require a lot of terracing. Will post more when I can.