Classie Parker, aka The Canning Queen, turned a a small vacant lot on 121st Street into a fertile garden that now feeds her neighbors and her own food preservation fervor. When she’s not busy pruning, planting, or putting up peaches, she’s pushing a cart around town teaching anyone who asks how they can can, too.
In our latest issue, Ann Monroe profiles Daniel Bowman Simon, a young entrepreneur who discovered a 1973 provision in the food stamp legislation that no one knew about–literally only one other person had ever heard of it– which said that food stamps could also be spent seeds and plants.
In this week’s NY1 segment, we visited Hayseed’s Big City Farm Supply in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, an urban farming shop and training center that will be open through June.
Brooklyn Grange may have single handedly propelled the rooftop farming movement into headlines, creating a tipping point of sorts for urban agriculture. And now the folks behind rooftop fresh lettuce have set out to alter the ecosystem once again, this time by saving some fellow plant lovers–the bees!
At Edible nothing warms our hearts like somebody learning to grow their own tomatoes or make their own ricotta. We’re all about empowering home cooks to take control of their food, both where it comes from and how it’s made. So when Williams-Sonoma told us they’d be launching a new line this April to help customers take their food from seed to table, we couldn’t have been more pleased.
Each year the Hudson Valley Seed Library commissions New York State artists to design the packaging for a special line of heirloom seeds called Art Packs. Until March 2, you can see the packs next to the original works–and buy both the seeds and reprints of the art–at the Horticultural Society of New York on West 37th Street. If you do miss it, don’t worry–you can get a glimpse of the 23 packs and the 23 works of art on our most recent NY1 segment. Watch it right here.
A few months back each Edible publication around the country asked their readers to tell them about their favorite local heroes–the farmer who raises the most perfect ruby radishes and pastured pigs; the chef who rocks not just the kitchen but a sense of community; the non-profit that’s changing the way people eat in parts of the borough that need it most; the cheesemonger with a heart of gold and even better Gouda.
Even if you have brown thumbs and prefer concrete to cultivation, we’re going to bet you’ll agree the 23 heirloom seed packets commissioned by the Hudson Valley Seed Library are real beauties. Starting tonight their Art Packs will be on display until March 2 at The Horticultural Society of New York at 148 West 37th Street in an exhibit called the Art of the Heirloom. (There’s a preview talk from 6 to 8 pm tonight, to attend, RSVP in the comments of this page.)