Inner City Farmer
In urban life, one comes to realize that two things are always necessary: food and roofs. While things like underpants, money, and fun might sometimes seem necessary, the only two things that are truly vital to our survival are nourishment and shelter.
At the current time, New York City residents continue to face a food crisis that has lasted almost since the foundation of the City. Our task is to make healthy food available and affordable for all New Yorkers regardless of their life’s situation. Our technique is to turn the empty and purposeless rooftops of the City, one by one, from sheltering eyesores, into elegant and profitable gardens and farms.
We are a charitable not-for-profit organization focused on agricultural inspiration and education in highly populated urban areas. Our first small vegetable farm was set up in April of 2016 on the roof of the building at 205 West 39th Street in Manhattan, and we look forward to expanding our operation to at least one, and up to three more donated roofs in Midtown West in the spring of 2017. Our organization has started in New York City, but our model could easily be applied to any city in the world, and could be applied to suburban communities with the substitution of back yards for roofs as acreage.
We will be continuing to ask building owners for the use of their roofs for our farms, hoping that they will appreciate our cause and the associated tax incentives. Each rooftop will be presided over by a farm manager, who after being fully trained as an InnerCityFarmer employee, will be given the choice to operate the farm as an employee of our organization or as an independent full owner of the farm that they manage.
We will be working with the criminal justice community, the mental health and addiction community, the homeless community, and the veteran community as our most valued pool of potential employees and farm owners. Farm work is the best work for the human being. We intended to return the vitality the existence of individual New Yorkers who have either lost their way or who never has a way in the first place. We intend to do this by offering generous wages, free produce to eat, physically stimulating and diverse work activities, and a work program that doubles as an unrelenting educational curriculum, guided by the changing of the seasons and the life-cycles of the crops. Employees will be taught how to replicate our model and apply it to any rooftop, and will be able to do so after the first growing season, given a high degree of motivation and agricultural inclination in the particular worker.
Our effort will bring agricultural jobs to New York City. Our effect will be an offense to the current food system of New York City; and it will be an expense to those who power it. Our dream is to take the control of our food away from the farmers of the world, who ship their food across highways and oceans to avoid sustaining their own local communities; and to give that control, (and its associate grocery store price cuts) to hard-working New York natives. Our mission is to accidentally make New York City skyline greener, and to let the buildings breath, in the process of create the new millennium’s proliferation of urban produce and prosperity in a new profession: the InnerCityFarmer.
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