Posted by: David Watts | May 19, 2010

Farmboxes from Baker Design & Build!

A couple weeks ago, Georgia’s Place Rooftop was visited by Baker Design & Build. As part of their Adopt-a-Farmbox initiative, they donated three raised beds, made from salvaged wood, for our roof!

The goal of their program is to increase children and family’s access to fresh food through the donation of farmboxes, essentially raised beds designed for planting in any open space (including our roof!). These boxes are perfect for implementation in schools, private backyards (where soil may be tainted by lead), and really any open space in urban environments. Adopt-a-Farmbox is dedicated to working in under served neighborhoods in NYC boroughs where obesity, diabetes, and hypertension is common. Along with installing the farmboxes, the program also has a nutrition-based curriculum that revolves around these boxes. It is designed to teach adults and children not only the importance of healthy eating, but the wonder that is growing your own food.

In addition to this generous donation, Aki Baker and Will Martin, both of Baker & Design Build, spent their morning helping us plant in these farmboxes. Using planting guides drawn up by Will, we learned exactly what plants compliment each other and thrive when planted together.
By the end of the morning, we had successfully planted arugula, sage, radishes, beef-steak tomatoes, basil, okra, spring onions, kale, nasturtium, strawberries, peppers, and so much more!

Oh, and if you live in the NYC area and are interested in getting a farmbox installed in your school or backyard, contact Ron Baker at rhbaker@bakerdesign-build.com

Thank you, Baker Design & Build!

Posted by: David Watts | May 17, 2010

Welcome to Georgia’s Place!

Hi everyone! This is a blog for Georgia’s Place rooftop (farm). Georgia’s Place is a supportive housing residence for formerly homeless, mentally ill adults. We are located in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York.

At Georgia’s Place, we work with our residents to help weave them back into the fabric of society. This is done through social and psychiatric services, medical services, and nutrition/health education.

Last summer, we experimented with container gardening on our roof. It was a huge success and we found ourselves overwhelmed with tomatoes, peppers, and herbs aplenty! This year, we have expanded our rooftop garden with more plots and a variety of vegetables (kale, peppers, okra, tomatoes, lettuce, radishes, to name a few!).

We are in the process of developing a full rooftop FARM in time for the 2011 growing season. We have a two-fold dream for our farm. Because most of our residents are on fixed incomes, oftentimes they buy the cheapest food, which is not necessarily the healthiest. By having easy access (just upstairs!) to organic, healthy, fresh vegetables and fruit, we hope to provide a healthy addition to their diets.  Not only that, we hope to use the farm as a learning tool to teach the residents and community members how to grow and harvest their own food!

This blog will serve to document our progress and enlist the help and advice of folks in the community!

Thank you for your support and happy planting!

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