Intervale Green Rooftop Farm

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


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July Progress

The rain has been heavy but it’s been great for the garden! The garden is off and running with tomatoes, herbs, flowers and eggplant beginning to sprout.

 

    Our first official harvest giveaway took place on on July 18th.

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The residents were eager to pick out the fresh produce from the roof! This season is turning out to be a plentiful one!

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Rain Barrels at the Roof top Garden

To create a more a sustainable and efficient environment, we’ve installed rain barrels at the rooftop garden. Each barrel is 55 gallons and is connected to the penthouse roof via a drain system.  The rain barrels along with the rooftop garden work to reduce the amount of water entering the storm drains during heavy downpours.

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This summer has been a very rainy one, so the barrels have been instrumental both in conserving the amount of water being used and reducing the amount of water entering the sewer system.

 

 

 

 


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May Recap

It’s been a busy month!  We picked up the GrowNYC order and officially opened the roof garden! The weather was beautiful the day of the plant sale and we were able to pick up our order of vegetables and herbs.

This year’s order included two varieties of tomatoes, several varieties of peppers including serranos for Bronx Hot Sauce, flowers, onions, and eggplant.

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The following week, we hosted our first event with residents at the garden. Families stopped by to pick up their plants and transplanted them to their designated beds.  Two families planted on that day, and two additional families have planted since the initial opening. So far it has been a wonderful start to the season, and we’re excited for what’s to come over the next few months!

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Introduction to Gardening Workshops

Although the weather has been temperamental, that hasn’t stopped us from getting started in the garden.

For the last two weeks, residents have enjoyed two workshops led by the farm manager on gardening. The first workshop focused on the basics of gardening, while the second workshop focused on getting started in the garden.

Some of the topics covered included:

  • Getting Started in the Gardening
  • What to Grow
  • Soil and Compost

Residents were given the option start their own plants, which will be planted out the first week in May.

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from the Intervale Green Roof Top Farm. We’re excited about what’s to come this season at the farm. This year we plan to incorporate more education for the residents i.e beginning gardening classes, make better use of the greenhouse and increase the nutrition efforts at the farm.  Last season was a major success, but we’re always looking for ways to improve and to provide a healthier environment for the residents.  Please stay tuned for updates throughout the season!

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Thank you!

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We wanted to take the time to thank all the Volunteers and participants at the Intervale Green Farm this year. With your support, we were able to provide consistent nutrition education to the residents and provide healthy food to the residents at Intervale Green. Thank you for your part in a successful 2017!

 

 


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Garden Wrap Up

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Cheers, to a year of abundance, education, and fulfillment at Intervale Green Rooftop Garden! In anticipation of the winter season, we’ve started to put the garden to rest. All the remaining plants have been removed from the garden beds, along with any leftover vegetables.  They were then transferred to the compost bin, which by next Spring, will have broken down enough for use as a soil amendment at the garden. Now that we are closed for winter…what would you like to see next year?