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PLEASE NOTE: When I sent this email out two days ago, I actually put the wrong date on it. The meeting is on Sunday. Oct. 25. at 11 a.m.
I know this is last minute.
Rooftop Farms in Brooklyn is a busy place (it's a large rooftop farm in Greenpoint, where you can buy vegetables and volunteer.) I have not seen it myself, but have attended a book signing where the 2 young farmers appeared as guest speakers, at an event about locally sourced foods.
This is one of their very last open days this season. We'll go and look at the field, I hope. They're growing vegetables on a big industrial rooftop on the waterfront, facing the Manhattan skyline. Media interest in this phenomenon has been intense, because it's kind of a cool idea and someone actually did it.
I'll paste their email to me below. The address is below and we'll be there unless it's literally pouring with rain, and in that event, I will email everyone by 9 am Sunday if we decide to cancel.
There's a nice coffee house nearby the farm where we can repair to for a quick meeting after a few hours at the farm. Will move to the coffee house at 1 pm and we'll finish up by 2 pm.
Carry my phone number 1 917 747 7821 and let me know on Sunday if you're nearby the farm and can't find us. As usual, I'll be wearing a white baseball cap that says Callaway on it (even though I have never played golf or been near a course in 25 years).
Addresses: Eagle Street Rooftop Farm, 44 Eagle Street, Greepoint Brooklyn. Nearest subway: take the L over to the G, get on the G, get off at Metropolitan Ave-Lorimer Street subway stop, walk 11 minutes. Hopstop.com for directions from your place.
Meetup time: 11 am
The coffee place is Greenpoint Coffee House at 195 Franklin St. Greenpoint, Bklyn , NY. 1 pm on.
Following is is the email they sent me this morning:
Dear friends and urban farmers,
This Sunday marks the final public day of Rooftop Farm's first year. Please join us on the farm (rain or shine) to celebrate the closure of an incredible three seasons. Besides farming, we're picnic-potlucking our favorite fall recipes, so bring some and eat some! We could also use compost & fall leaves (from your yard or park). Your help, hands, and enthusiasm are amazing: thanks for a great growing season!
Sunday, October 25th
We are located at 44 Eagle Street in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
10am-4pm Visit our Farm Stand. Chard, herbs, baby beets and more. Your last chance to buy Flanner's Hot Sauce! Please help us stay packaging-free by bringing your own bags. Mark your calendars: we have one more market on November 22nd.
9am-4pm Volunteers welcome, as always, to join in as we compost, tend & overwinter.
2pm Free Workshop. A discussion of the year, a big thank you, and a potluck all-in-one!
In other news...
Sunday, October 25th, New Amsterdam Market. Awesome vendors, including local seed-savers Hudson Valley Seed Library
Sunday, October 25th, 1-4pm Jardin Finca del Sur in the South Bronx is having a Halloween Harvest Festival.
Tuesday, October 27th at 7pm. A Brooklyn Farmer's Ball! Info here, tickets here.
Thursday, October 29th at 7pm Hunter College's geography department is showing films about the future of urban ag and food.
Thursday, October 29th at 7pm. Habana Outpost, Fort Green. Cori is having a fundraiser for "The Learning Farm".
Sunday, October 31/November 1st: If you must eat meat, why not let a local farmer butcher it for you, and throw a party to boot? Join the Greenhorns at their new home "Rufflands" for an overnight pig-party.
Monday, November 2nd, 4:30pm The Espiritu Tierra Community Garden (Corner of S. 2nd St. and Roebling in Williamsburg) A celebration of Dia de los Muertos! Food, hot drinks, raffle, ghosts. Recommended donation of $10, but no one is turned away.
Our friend Liza de Guida continues to celebrate artisans, foodies and food with her new short doc: SCRATCHbread: A Brooklyn Chef Creates Food from Scratch to Start A Movement
For us simple farmers, this was a hilarious week for media: WNYC tracks down last-chance foods and Annie praises spinach, the Huffington Post voted yours truly from the Rooftop as nation's cutest farmer, and our farm and some amazing shoes made a two-page spread in Vogue's October issue. Hurrah for agriculture!
Rain or shine, we'll see you on the Rooftop!
Annie N. & Ben F.