28 votes

Indoor urban farm in New York helps feed hundreds of families

(NaturalNews) Flowering displays are replacing urban decay all across America, with recent reports out of New York illustrating the power of creative, resourceful thinking in implementing successful, city-based farming initiatives. New York Daily News reports that a food pantry in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, N.Y., has successfully created a 250-square foot indoor farm that produces food for hundreds of local families and their children -- and many others in the area are working on similar projects.

While the typical embodiment of many food pantries today resembles something along the lines of a convenience store, with shelves bearing mostly pre-packaged, processed food items donated by outside sources, the situation at Child Development Support Corp. is different. Mireille Massac, the pantry's operator, actually grows a variety of lettuces, bok choy, collard greens, and other fresh fare hydroponically in a windowless basement, providing food from the inside-out, rather from the outside-in.

With the help of hydroponics expert Lee Mandell, who owns nearby Boswyck Farms in Bushwick, another Brooklyn neighborhood, Massac has created an urban oasis that not only produces fresh food, but also educates the local community about how to grow it. It is a literal manifestation of the famous quote, "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime."

Continue:
http://www.naturalnews.com/035300_urban_farms_local_food_ind...



Trending on the Web

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.

+1

Thanks Scott

.

LL on Twitter: http://twitter.com/LibertyPoet
sometimes LL can suck & sometimes LL rocks!
http://www.dailypaul.com/203008/south-carolina-battle-of-cow...
Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15

I do not believe any word in this article

NYC is famous for draconian zoning laws and tight gov control. The fact the government 1) allowed private farming in a residential area and 2) did not put NYC huge property tax on land & real estate that engage in any business, tells me it is a subsidized government controlled or bribed adventure. Looks like the city authority want to get some PR.

In modern time the fact that it would be cheaper to do local farming in a city with high real estate costs defies logic of specialization of labor. BS.

reedr3v's picture

Urban farmers do have to contend with

inhibiting zoning and other laws. But growing locally -- even in cities -- is proving to have many advantages. Fresh food year round, using indoor hydroponics has many advantages over reliance on food trucked in from long distances. check out the link below for what's already been developed by Will Allen and his crews in Milwaukee, Chicago, and at least one other major city. Most urban areas, especially in the poor economy, have lots of space and empty buildings going to waste. Why not use those spaces productively and feed people, teach them self-sufficiency skills, and create jobs all at the same time?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kK62y5vRUJM&feature=related

Another fine example of why facts trump belief systems

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jV9CCxdkOng

http://fishyculture.com/

Some of us just do what others say is impossible.

Love or fear? Choose again with every breath.

I stopped believing at...

I stopped believing at... "250-square foot indoor farm that produces food for hundreds of local families and their children"

250-square feet is approx. 16ft x 16ft = a bedroom

Even with a multiple-tiered hydroponic set-up... Feeding hundreds of families? Shyah... nope.

If that were true, then they just solved world hunger and made the "overpopulation as related to arable farmland" argument moot.

“Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.” -- John Quincy Adams

community-based hydroponic agriculture

Not mentioned above, but crucially important, is that people are growing real food, with real nutrients, and NO "preservatives", fertilizer, pesticides, insecticides, and humanicides polluting food from establishment sources, due to the Dept of Agriculture, the FDA, and the agritoxin lobbies!

The growing independence on peoples' part from Agritoxin Inc. and its FDA protector and enforcer can only serve many people well as the existing system collapses in upon itself and thousands, perhaps millions of us need humane, civilized, and healthful alternatives to what the NWO/ American National superstate provided for us!

"The worst thing that can happen to a good cause is not to be attacked successfully, it is to be defended badly". F. Bastiat

"First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, finally they attack you, and then you win"! Mohandas Gandhi

wow

wow

Bloomberg bans fod donations to the homeless

Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s food police have struck again!

Outlawed are food donations to homeless shelters because the city can’t assess their salt, fat and fiber content, reports CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer.

http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2012/03/19/bloomberg-strikes-aga...

How dare private citizens be allowed to help each other!!!

Thanks again Bytejockey

I posted it on Twitter and will be emailing several of my friends who live in the New York area.
Also sending it to Drudge.

LL on Twitter: http://twitter.com/LibertyPoet
sometimes LL can suck & sometimes LL rocks!
http://www.dailypaul.com/203008/south-carolina-battle-of-cow...
Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15

Unbelievable

If you were very paranoid it would make you think they really are out to take over your life from cradle to grave. Only the fit, productive and documented will be allowed to survive. They do not want any undocumented feeding.

"How dare private citizens be allowed to help each other!!!"

Sad . . .

Bloomburg, Billionaires, and Dumbercrats!

After all this time, we all know whose side that Mayor Bloomberg, his cronies, (they don't call it "crony capitalism" for nothing), and even his most visible "opponents" are really on, don't we?

PEACE AND FREEDOM!!

"The worst thing that can happen to a good cause is not to be attacked successfully, it is to be defended badly". F. Bastiat

"First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, finally they attack you, and then you win"! Mohandas Gandhi

Makes my blood boil

Heartless Big Brother unleashing its tyranny once again...
I wish people would come together and launch say 100 million dollar lawsuit against the NY city to teach them a lesson.

Thanks for the info.

LL on Twitter: http://twitter.com/LibertyPoet
sometimes LL can suck & sometimes LL rocks!
http://www.dailypaul.com/203008/south-carolina-battle-of-cow...
Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15

bump for positive activism

.

"We can see with our eyes, hear with our ears and feel with our touch, but we understand with our hearts."

bump

grow your own food locally.

Thank you Sandy

I'm thinking of your indoor happy chickens.
A lot of people followed your footsteps your idea.

On another note I had an amazing dream last night.
In it (big smile on my face) I was having lunch with Tom Woods and...Dr. Ron Paul!! The best part was the end of the dream when Dr. Paul offered me his pie!!

LL on Twitter: http://twitter.com/LibertyPoet
sometimes LL can suck & sometimes LL rocks!
http://www.dailypaul.com/203008/south-carolina-battle-of-cow...
Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15

What kind of pie was it?

Hee,hee What a great dream.

"We can see with our eyes, hear with our ears and feel with our touch, but we understand with our hearts."

Best dream of the year so far

It was a small round pie had brown looking coating on it.
I was not able to taste it because the dream ended when I said thank you's to the good doc.
Must admit I'm really looking forward to sleeping this night.

:)

LL on Twitter: http://twitter.com/LibertyPoet
sometimes LL can suck & sometimes LL rocks!
http://www.dailypaul.com/203008/south-carolina-battle-of-cow...
Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15