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Check out the cool NYC apartment complex with its very own 5000 m² urban farm

Check out the cool NYC apartment complex with its very own 5000 m² urban farm
Source: RabbitsGardenFarm.com

Rabbit’s Garden is an urban farm located within Staten Island Urby, an apartment complex on New York’s north shore, overlooking the Statue of Liberty and Lower Manhattan.

Rabbits’ Garden: the courtyard urban fam within an apartment complex

Rabbit’s Garden is a 5,000 ft² (465 m²) urban farm located within the Staten Island Urby apartment complex in Staten Island’s Stapleton neighbourhood. Through regenerative practices, they are able to grow a variety of vegetables, herbs, and flowers for CSA (community supported agriculture) members, farmers markets, and wholesale clients. In addition to growing produce, organisers say they strive to be an integrated community hub for Urby residents and for the wider Staten Island community by providing activities such as farm dinners and educational workshops on cooking, gardening, art, science, sustainability, and more.

All of the vegetables are grown by holistic, regenerative methods, such as composting, cover cropping, low-till, crop rotation, and companion planting. Rabbit’s Garden don’t use any synthetic inputs, GMO’s, or petroleum powered machinery. They are committed to reducing waste at all levels of their business and can help community members reduce their waste and participate in composing as well.
Regenerative Agriculture – All of the vegetables are grown by holistic, regenerative methods, such as composting, cover cropping, low-till, crop rotation, and companion planting. Rabbit’s Garden don’t use any synthetic inputs, GMO’s, or petroleum powered machinery. They are committed to reducing waste at all levels of their business and can help community members reduce their waste and participate in composing as well. Source: RabbitsGardenFarm.com
The sliding scale farm share is run on the principle that food is a basic human right and the faith that a just food system is compatible with financial solvency for farmers and, in fact, crucial for the future of farm livelihoods.
Sliding Scale CSA Farm Share – The sliding scale farm share is run on the principle that food is a basic human right and the faith that a just food system is compatible with financial solvency for farmers and, in fact, crucial for the future of farm livelihoods. Source: RabbitsGardenFarm.com
Rabbit’s Garden, incorporates bio-dynamic, bio-intensive and agro-ecological methods into its farming techniques. Source: RabbitsGardenFarm.com
The 5000 ft.² Urby Farm is operated by Rabbit’s Garden and produces vegetables, herbs and microgreens for purchase via CSA or farm stand. Source: URBY
Rabbit’s Garden sells its variety of vegetables, herbs, microgreens and flowers to both CSA (“Community Supported Agriculture”) members and wholesale clients. Source: RabbitsGardenFarm.com

What is csa and how does it work?

CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. In this relationship, a farm supports a community and a community supports that farm. Community members pay for a membership upfront (at the beginning of the season, or by instalments with a payment plan). In exchange, they receive a weekly box of produce. Members become investors or shareholders in a farm’s produce. 

This links community members and farms together for mutual benefit. By purchasing a membership for a whole season, members provide the farm with reliable, up-front capital to fund each year’s operating costs before the growing begins, when they need it most. In exchange, members get all of the following benefits:

  • Healthy, high-quality, chemical-free produce as fresh as it gets! 
  • Easy access. Pick up their weekly box at your leisure in the Urby cafe.
  • Favourable prices compared to supermarket organics.
  • Improve their eating habits while sustaining local economies, farms, and the environment!

Rabbit’s Garden offers a 5 month CSA that runs from June through October. Each week, members receive a box of 5-7 items.

Rabbit’s Garden say they are committed to the principle that food is a basic human right. Healthy, nutritious, and chemical-free food should be available to everyone, not just those with higher incomes. For this reason, their CSA farm share is offered on a sliding scale fee. They ask that members choose to pay according to their access to financial resources, and add that subsidised fees are eligible for monthly payment plans. 

Source: RabbitsGardenFarm.com

What kinds of vegetables could members get in their CSA share? Here's 2020’s list of what they expected to harvest and when.
Rabbit’s Garden Harvest Scedule What kinds of vegetables could members get in their CSA share? Here’s 2020’s list of what they expected to harvest and when. Source: RabbitsGardenFarm.com
Diners can see where their salad came from.
A café in the lobby of the complex serves coffee and light fare. Diners can see where their salad came from. Source: URBY
Rabbit’s Garden is run by farmer-in-residence Olivia Gamber, a longtime urban agriculture-enthusiast with a degree in Environmental Studies and years of community garden experience under her belt.
Urby’s farmer-in-residence hosts workshops or residents all year long. Rabbit’s Garden is run by farmer-in-residence Olivia Gamber, a longtime urban agriculture-enthusiast with a degree in Environmental Studies and years of community garden experience under her belt. Source: RabbitsGardenFarm.com
Urby residents have the chance to use the produce in their own personal cooking, and local, on-site restaurants often use the fresh vegetables for seasonal dishes.
URBY kitchen is a dedicated space for gatherings around food. Urby residents have the chance to use the produce in their own personal cooking, and local, on-site restaurants often use the fresh vegetables for seasonal dishes. Source: URBY
A central green space with lounge areas, fire pits, patio seating, a salt water pool, and sweeping views of the New York Harbor.
URBY Staten Island: A central green space with lounge areas, fire pits, patio seating, a salt water pool, and sweeping views of the New York Harbor. Source: URBY

Food producing cities aren’t far away, but we need a catalyst

The Sustainable Urban Delta Foundation was established to inspire megacities to make choices that open the door to healthy and sustainable urban growth. A crucial element of our approach is the production of local, healthy and fresh food. This can either be done inside cities or on undeveloped agricultural land surrounding cities, known as green belts. Sustainable Urban Delta aim to be the catalyst and the connector in order to create a better future.

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