My first Urban Farm Tour on
September 10th has
only one regret...that I missed the others before
Thanks to co-hosts Bronx Borough President Ruben
Diaz Jr., the Bronx Tourism Council, the
Bronx Food & Sustainability Coalition and
Bronx Green-Up/New York Botanical Garden, for making
these tours available
to those of us who live
here, and so many out-of-towners as well.
The tour had 3 parts. Here's Part 1 of 3:
Who would think that a completely
organic, thriving farm and
community garden exists in the middle of
an industrial area with the Metro North
clanging above and the #s4 and 5 trains
roaring below? Certainly not me.
It was kind of cool, though, to be
surrounded by all this urban
transporation while standing in the
relative serenity of a small farm.
La Finca Del Sur
(Farm in the South [South Bronx]) sits
on 2/12 acres of land on 138th Street
and Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY.
This public garden that uses no
pesticides, has been maintained by
neighborhood volunteers through
GreenThumb, with Bronx Green-Up, the
community outreach program of The New
York Botanical Garden, helping to
implement the farm since 2008.
They grow peppers, tomatoes,
yard-long beans, apples, apricots, herbs
and much more, gathering their crops on
Wednesdays to sell at the Padre Plaza
Market on139th Street and St. Ann's.
Surplus herbs and crops are distributed
within the community. In addition, for
$20/year, anyone wishing to grow their
own can have a raised bed for the
Finca Del Sur is led by Latina and Black
women and their allies. They are
committed to building healthy
neighborhoods through economic
empowerment, increased nutritional
awareness, training and education, and
advocating for social and political
equality and food justice in low-income
Nancy Ortiz-Surun, founder (Left),
addressed the crowd: "Just your being here today,"
she said, "is an
important part of the survival of this
Sara Katz (Right), Community
Horticulturist at Bronx Green-Up,
a treat for all, and that it was! A tray
each of cream cheese with fresh basil
and another with just-picked chives on
crackers. The best!
Click here for Parts 2 & 3.
There's one tour left for the season: Not
to be missed!