Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Sustainable Ag in the City...


Map from Queens Country Farm Museum Website. The farm is home to bee hives, chicken coops, cow and pig stables, orchards, planting fields, herb gardens, sheep pastures, a duck pond, greenhouse and more.

As many of my readers know, NYC is home to community gardens growing fruits and vegetables, chicken farms and bee keeping but did you know that Queens has a Farm Museum? I've been hearing about it for year now -- it's the last of the old New York agriculture centers -- and meaning to go out there for a visit myself. 

Today's Dining In Dining Out section has a story about this special place, "From Showpiece to Sustainable Crops, a Farm Shifts, New York Times, March 4, 2009 by ANNALIESE GRIFFIN"

The Farm Museum sells at Union Square Farmers Market AND this week has a special event at Union Square: Products for Friday March, 6th and Monday, March 9th: Local Wildflower Honey, Free Range Eggs, Frozen Heirloom Tomatoes, Herbs, Greenhouse Greens Mix, Arugula,Pasture-Raised Heritage Pork

For more info, contact Michael Grady Robertson (718) 347-3276 ext. 309 or mgrobertson@queensfarm.org

ABOUT THE FARMS
The museum has a lot of events from April through November including U-pick and corn maize (my favorite). You can be a member of this exciting urban farm (click here to join the museum)

Queens County Farm Museum
7350 Little Neck Pkwy
Floral Park, NY 11004
(718) 347-3276
Open Daily 10am-5pm


From their website: 
"As the only remaining vestige of New York City's agricultural past, the farm museum provides urban audiences with graphic evidence of the process through which farm products move from soil to table. Other important elements of the farm's interpretation include our barns and outbuildings, livestock, an orchard, honey bee hives, herb garden and a greenhouse complex."

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