Two days after the launch of our new book, Five Borough Farm II: Growing the Benefits of Urban Agriculture in New York City, the Design Trust and Farming Concrete represented the project at the 30th GreenThumb GrowTogether conference on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at Hostos Community College in the Bronx. 

The annual event sponsored by the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation convenes over 1,000 community gardeners. It was also the first official event for Phase III of our Five Borough Farm project. Outreach Fellow Liz Barry, Mara Gittleman from Farming Concrete, and Five Borough Farm data collection team member Nick Storrs from Randall’s Island Urban Farm led a workshop on the Five Borough Farm data collection toolkit to educate gardeners on the benefits of record-keeping in the garden.

Program Director Rosamond Fletcher and Program Associate Caroline Bauer introduced the project to attendees, and got nearly 70 gardeners to sign up for a data toolkit kick-off event in May (details to be announced). 

Interested in attending the data toolkit event? Please email Caroline for more details.

I measured my tomatoes with Farming Concrete before and I'm excited the ability to measure other things, like the number of volunteers in my garden and how much we compost.

NYC Community Gardener, 2014