Soil Arrives for One-Acre Urban Farm in Manhattan
Manhattan will no longer be the odd man out. It will join the city’s four other boroughs on the urban farm frontier.
The Battery Conservancy, a non-profit dedicated to rebuilding the Battery at the tip of Manhattan, yesterday received 350 cubic yards of soil to build a one-acre urban farm, Manhattan’s largest food-growing patch to date. Manhattan joins Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens and Staten Island, which all have sizable urban farms.
“The soil was delivered to improve the quality of the ground,” said Warrie Price, the president of the Battery Conservancy.
The Battery urban farm is expected to have 80 garden plots, all built on “berms” or long raised beds, said Price. The planned farm has partnered with eight local schools from the elementary- to the high school-grade levels.
“Planting begins April 4,” Price said, but before then, the farm will need volunteers to move the fresh soil into rows in preparation for the planting of seeds and seedlings.
“We’re looking for volunteers ready to get their hands into the soil,” said Naomi Joshi, the farm’s project manager.
The Battery Conservancy’s landscape gardeners will oversee the new farm, but responsibility for day-to-day contact with children and residents will rest with urban farm educators, Joshi explained.
The farm will serve primarily an educational purpose. According to its blog, the Battery Conservancy aims to inspire student farmers, promote healthy eating, enhance soil quality and foster a strong downtown community through the urban farm.
*To volunteer for the upcoming planting/soil preparation project, click here. The project will run from Monday, March 21, to Saturday, March 26, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Volunteers can drop by anytime and work for as long as they can spare.