NEW YORK – Borough President Gale A. Brewer announced her office will sponsor a symposium on urban agriculture on October 14, to exchange knowledge, experience, and best practices for growing community-based urban agriculture programs.
Brewer has made urban agriculture a focus for her office, releasing How Our Gardens Grow, a report on expanding urban gardens, farms, and other agriculture projects that followed nearly six months of surveys, interviews, and site visits. Brewer has also committed $1 million in capital grants in the coming year for Manhattan public schools to invest in equipment and renovations to establish or expand urban agriculture programs.
Urban farming projects run the gamut from hydroponic and aquaculture labs to greenhouses, community gardens, rooftop gardens, and more. Schools, senior centers, community groups, and NYCHA developments across the borough host a range of these programs.
Brewer’s Urban Agriculture Symposium will be held at the American Museum of Natural History on October 14, 2015. The program will start at 2 p.m. and conclude at 6 p.m. Read more…