West 104th Street Garden

May 2, 2011

West 104 Garden Peach Harvest Gets NY Times Mention

Filed under: News — by west104garden @ 9:45 am

The May 1 edition of the New York Times Metro section featured an article on Farming Concrete which celebrates our 135 pound peach harvest! Garden web editor, Noreen Whysel, is one of the proud chard farmers. Here’s a link to the article with the excerpt on our “farm” (emphasis is mine):

City Critic: Concrete Farm Grows Chard (Callaloo, Too)

“Ms. Gittleman said all sorts of amusing anecdotes emerged from the statistics, and the act of compiling them. Brooklyn gardeners, for instance, grow lots of callaloo, a Caribbean green. In the Bronx, someone was actually growing sugar cane. (“Some gardeners get away with growing warm-weather crops here because of the urban island heat effect,” Ms. Gittleman explained.) Gardeners at West 104th Street in Manhattan coordinated their peach weigh-in and recorded 135 pounds in a single day. The East End Community Garden in Brooklyn “might as well be a farm,” as Ms. Gittleman put it; a grower there recorded 51 pounds of corn in one weigh-in. In the Bronx, a beekeeper added his 362 pounds of honey to the study. ”

Congratulations, gardeners!


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