Since 2011, the Stockton Street location of Bushwick City Farm (BCF) has been a great benefit to the local community by providing free organic food, youth education, a demographic-spanning gathering place, and a green oasis in a densely urban area. The farm is now facing sudden eviction by the land owner, who wants to develop the land. Sign this petition to help save this crucial neighborhood resource.
Every week, year-round, the farm gives free organic eggs to 10–15 families. During the gardening season, BCF harvests 15–35 lbs of produce per week, and 20–30 families harvest additional food from raised vegetable beds on a "take what you need" basis. The farm also provides vegetable seeds, seedlings, and ornamental potted plants to community members and organizations free of charge. These contributions keep local families healthier and put less of a burden on government programs and food pantries.
One of the most important aspects of Bushwick City Farm is its hands-on youth education component. In an article published on July 20, the Washington Post reported: "Research suggests that getting up close and personal with dirt can improve children's mental and physical health. Gardening can help kids burn off extra energy and control their impulses, develop strong immune systems, and willingly consume more fruits and vegetables." BCF is a safe space for young people from diverse backgrounds to meet and learn about urban farming while also taking advantage of a swing set, slide, trampoline, communal bicycles, and basketball court.
In addition to the neighborhood's children, BCF contributes positively to the lives of everyone in the community. The farm is surrounded by NYCHA Housing and is the only green space within several blocks. It has become a back yard to so many families, an alternative to sidewalk play, and a much-needed respite and retreat. On any given weekend at the farm, one will hear several different languages being spoken and see folks of all ages relaxing in the shade of a fruit tree or harvesting produce from the garden.
The owner of the lot where BCF resides has asked the occupants to leave by Aug. 31st, as he plans to develop the land. In a rapidly gentrifying neighborhood that is already bristling with luxury condos and massive housing developments, it would be a tragedy to lose the lush oasis BCF provides.
Sign this petition to show that you are committed to supporting community spaces like Bushwick City Farm, whose presence helps to improve local health and provide a community gathering place as well as a safe place for neighborhood kids to play. Bushwick City Farm is a sorely needed and deeply loved community resource.