Farming Concrete Releases Initial Set of City’s Harvest Results
Farming Concrete, the ambitious volunteer project to quantify how much food is grown in the city’s roughly 500 community gardens, today released the harvest yields of 40 gardens. In July and August, the 40 gardens grew 12,500 pounds of produce worth more than $31,500. The harvest yields — the first set of results Farming Concrete has reported — can be broken down by borough and by crop, thanks to a handy interactive map that shows where the gardens are located.
Venture to guess how many gardens grew eggplant? Thirty of the 40 gardens grew eggplant, or 75 percent. How much was the yield? A not-too-shabby 760 pounds with a value of $2,270. Where did most of the eggplant come from? Yes, Brooklyn. Seventeen gardens grew 460 pounds of it in July and August.
For more of these interesting observations, visit Farming Concrete’s easy-to-use garden harvest map. Be sure to check back often as volunteers add more gardens and calculate harvests for September, October, November and possibly even December. Let’s watch the map grow.