Intervale Green Rooftop Farm

A Bronx Urban Farm Sponsored by Women's Housing and Economic Development Corporation (WHEDco)


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Earth Day Urban Farm & Healthy Living Kick-off Event!

In celebration of Earth Day 2015, the Intervale Green Rooftop Urban Farm and celebrity chef Russell Jackson will host the Healthy Living Kick-Off event on April 24th from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. for building residents to promote healthy eating and physical activity. The event will include garden-themed activities for kids, cooking demonstrations from Lehman College Nutrition Education students, smoke-free housing education from the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Crotona Park activity information from the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, healthy living promotion by WHEDco’s Family Support Service staff, and nutrition related activities from WHEDco’s dietitian staff. There will also be a raffle for residents to win a home gardening kit. Special thanks to our donors Pret A Manger and Wichcraft who have donated delicious, healthy food for the event! Also, thank you to the volunteers from Pret A Foundation who will help organize and coordinate activities on April 24th.

Contact Katrina Ceguera, Farm Manager, with for more information: katrinaceguera@gmail.com

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Thank You to all residents, volunteers, and partners of 2014!

farmskyline1Thank you to all the 2014 residents, partners, donors, and volunteers, including Lehman College Nutrition Education students who helped close out the season in November (Jhanelle, Alicia, Katherine, and Shawntelle), for all your dedication and work cultivating WHEDco’s Rooftop Urban Farm!

See you next year!


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Volunteers from Pret A Manger and Green City Force work on our Rooftop Urban Farm

Thank you to Pret A Manger staff and Green City Force, WHEDco’s partners, who volunteered on WHEDco’s Rooftop Urban Farm in October. The volunteers worked tirelessly clearing plots for winter, harvesting fresh herbs and vegetables

including, sage, dill, mint, basil, parsley, rosemary, chives, green peppers, scallions, carrots, and beets, and adding over 100 pounds of garden scraps to compost. The fresh herbs and vegetables were distributed to over a dozen apartments at Intervale Green.

In addition, thank you to Green City Force for volunteering at WHEDco’s greenhouse at Intervale Green, as they planted spinach seeds for winter and harvested collard greens that were distributed to residents.

A great dig!

A great dig!

Two thumbs up from Pret!

Two thumbs up from Pret!

Picking mint leaves!

Picking mint leaves!

Green City Force clearing plots.

Green City Force clearing plots.

Green City Force takes over our urban green house

Green City Force takes over our urban green house

Herb table!

Herb table!


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St. John’s Students prepare the rooftop for the off-season

Thank you to the students of St. John’s University for their service on WHEDco’s Rooftop Urban Farm! The 22 volunteers worked on most of the farm by clearing crops for winter, weeding, and harvesting vegetables that were later distributed to residents. We value our partnership with St. John’s University and we look forward to seeing them again next year!2014 2712014 264


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The rooftop farm gets ready for fall.

We were fortunate to have volunteers from New York Cares come up and help get the rooftop farm ready for fall. Gina, Nana, Thuy, Carina, Justin, and Kiah worked tirelessly in the August heat to ensure the farm continues to produce well into the colder months. We weeded, cleared some space, and planted fall crops.
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We planted the second round of arugula, carrots, peas, and transplanted cabbage and kale.

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We’re not giving up on our late summer crops, even if it is September. The heat continues and the plants keep producing. The okra is about to explode with delicious pods and the strawberries are giving us their last hurrah!

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And the rooftop tomatoes are nowhere near done!

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Thank you to the New York Cares volunteers for all their hard work. I encourage you all to come back for our Fall Harvest Festival. Please stay tuned for more exciting news from the rooftop farm!


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A Vibrant August Harvest.

After a few weeks of warming up, the plants are churning out produce with an explosion of color. There’s nothing like stepping onto the roof and seeing the pops of color among the shades of green.

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Once harvested and gathered together, the color palette is quite impressive. harvest 1 original tomatoes and cornSometimes, the vibrant colors trigger memories, emotions, and even physical responses.  Just look at these lively scotch bonnet peppers!  They’ll either make you cringe…or drool. scotch bonnet

I would like to thank the Bronx Food and Farm Tour for making the Rooftop Farm at Intervale Green a stop on this year’s tour.  It was great to meet all of you and I’m happy to see so many people involved in urban agriculture and the greening movement in the Bronx.  A special thanks to Ursula and Sara from the New York Botanical Garden and Ray Figueroa from NYC Community Garden Coalition and Friends of Brook Park.  Thank you, Ursula, for the nepeta!

Enjoy the color and bounty of the August harvest!


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It’s been a great July!

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The rooftop farm is bursting with life these days. The tomato plants are heavy with fruit, the corn is high, and the eggplant and cucumber flowers promise delicious offerings.

We planted more watermelon this year, since we had good results last season and it looks like we’ll get a bumper crop.

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This season, I also planted the “Three Sisters”: corn, beans, and squash. This is a Native American tradition that has been practiced for centuries before Europeans set foot in the Americas.  The system deals with planting the three crops together. They form a symbiotic relationship and help each other through the growth process. The corn is planted first and once it has grown a few inches, the beans are planted around the base of the corn stalk.  After a week or so, the squash is planted around the beans.  The corn gives support to the bean vine, which in turn releases much needed nitrogen into the soil while the broad and prickly squash leaves provide shade and weed control and deter creatures from eating the corn.

For more information, feel free to visit the following sites:

http://blogs.cornell.edu/garden/get-activities/signature-projects/the-three-sisters-exploring-an-iroquois-garden/how-to-plant-the-three-sisters/

http://www.iroquoismuseum.org/three_sisters.htm

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It’s a bit difficult to see the beans among the corn and squash, but they are climbing up the corn stalk.

 

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Please stay tuned for more updates on the rooftop farm!

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