Urban Farms Booming in the Bronx

August 8, 2011

When thinking of the sustainable farming movement, it's likely the Bronx isn't the first place that comes to mind. As it turns out, the urban agriculture movement is booming in the Bronx, and there are about 150 community farms.

Traditionally, healthy foods were not widely available in this NYC borough, and luckily for the residents this is rapidly changing. A diverse culture lives in the Bronx, and the movement is working on bringing people together through healthy, seasonal food.

"People know the Bronx as the home of the New York Yankees, but there's more than that," said Karen Washington, who founded the ½-acre Garden of Happiness, which houses 19 chickens in addition to crops that include beans, eggplants and garlic."

The local food movement has already exploded in Brooklyn, and it looks like the Bronx is working toward becoming the next foodie Mecca.

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