The NYCHA Red Hook West Urban Farm
Tour Time: 12:00
thread collective LLC
6 Wolcott Street,
This 1-acre urban farm is the first-ever for a New York City affordable housing property. It was developed for New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) as a prototype farm to be replicated on at least five other sites in the future, adding an architecture component to the Mayor’s Obesity Task Force.
The Red Hook West Urban Farm is a source of fresh produce for the community while also providing education, job training, and community engagement for residents. In this way, it is the opposite of the urban “food desert” and a source of knowledge and economic vitality.
Architecture and landscape architecture design services were provided by Brooklyn-based thread collective, which has 10 years’ experience in this area. The landscape design overlays existing, informal pedestrian paths over the east-west orientation, optimal for growing fruits and vegetables, yielding a dynamic pattern of planters and gathering spaces. Level planter tops accentuate existing topography, while trees and benches punctuate the pattern.
Produce is donated to families in need or sold at farmers markets. The project was initiated by Added Value, a local non-profit with a 3-acre farm a few blocks down the road, and is maintained and operated by Green City Force’s Clean Energy Corp.
Tour Guide: Gita Nandan, LEED AP, thread collective