• This Food’s For You – Community Supported Agriculture from Upstate

    We’d like to say that more than half of our adult life has not included the daily consumption of the college four basic food groups: coffee, pop tarts, booze, and cigarettes, but that wouldn’t be true. We didn’t consider, until recently, that those things were quickly turning us into fat old farts. Now we actually watch what we eat and are on a constant quest for fresh/organic foods. To our surprise, fresh/organic produce isn’t too readily available in area grocery stores or if it is available, it’s too expensive or we have to do co-op swift with rich peoples’ nannies to get it. We love the markets that are all over the city, but those too can be a bit pricey when buying in bulk. -It totally gives us sad face.The price of living in the Big Apple is that farms, with their delicious natural veggies, are just a little too far away. The only alternative for normal folks like us seems to be to join a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) from a place outside NYC.

    We are super fortunate in South Brooklyn because Build It Green! New York (BIG!NYC) your source for re-use materials, has what’s called the Full Plate CSA from farms just up the road in Ithaca, NY. -bully for locally sourced! Like some other CSAs this group, known as the Full Plate Farm Collective, consist of multiple farms that work together to produce food for a community of members. Each farm produces a large amount of certain fruits or vegetables, which keeps production costs low for each farmer. Farmers share equipment, storage, and have a coordinator that manages members’ signup and farmer meetings. Members in turn pay a fee at the beginning of the season that supports the farmer during the growing/harvesting period. The Full Plate Farm Collective has been around for 8 years and now not only conveniently drops off fresh and organic produce in Brooklyn, it has some bonus features that set it a part from other CSAs. Bonus features like a new walk in freezer at the BIG!NYC location that keeps food fresh and allows for longer pickup times for members, and the possible addition of non-produce items with the normal 1/2 bushel box of veggies. -Awesome!

    We contacted the Full Plate Farm Collective CSA and got the skinny from Sara, the group’s coordinator, to learn more about the collective, what food members can expect from this summer season, and the unique bonus items.

    How did this Collective get started?

    Farmer Nathaniel of Remembrance Farm knew he wanted to start a CSA, but didn’t want to grow all the crops himself. So he talked with his friends Lucy & Chaw of Stick and Stone and the Collective was born….

    What crops can we expect this coming summer?

    Between our farms, we offer a bountiful and varied share: from spinach, lettuce, peas, and strawberries in June to winter squash, brussels sprouts, leeks, kales, and parsnips in November with lots more in between! Also check out our harvest calendar.”

    Image Provided by Full Plate Farm Collective

    Do you expect a large amount of a particular crop?

    Weather has so much to do with it! After last years’ wet spring we are hoping for some good tomatoes!”

    Is it true that you will be providing more than just produce?

    Yes, we are working towards bringing eggs and dairy products to Brooklyn. We’ll keep you posted.”

    Is the collective involved in the building of the freezer at BIG!NYC in Gowanus?

    Yes, our farmers are building an energy-efficient walk in cooler using salvaged parts from Build It Green! and a farmer hacked air conditioner called a Coolbot.”

    future walk in cooler location at BIG!NYC Gowanus

    Any new technology being used to harvest the food or do the farmers use the traditional tools for harvesting?

    Check the video I made on our baby greens harvester:

    What’s the schedule of an Ithaca area farmer?

    When the sun is up and the skies are clear we are outside working. And if its raining we are catching up on office work”

    What are the farmers making for dinner?

    This time of year we are putting the last of our storage roots into frittatas, eating lots of salad and Asparagus, and drinking homemade parsnip ale!”

    Any recipes that you could recommend for Brooklynites?

    These ingredients should be available at Green Markets.

    What music do the farmers jam out to when working?

    Farmer Chaw says this time of year he is digging “his diesel powered drone machine” also know as a tractor.”

    Full Plate Crew - Image Provided by Full Plate Farm Collective

    The Full Plate Collective CSA share is certified organic. The core farms are Stick and Stone Farm and Remembrance Farm, but Youth Farming Project, Black Oak Farm, Solana Farm, and The Good Life Farm are also adding to the members goodie box. The Summer CSA offers a pre-packed 1/2 bushel box of veggies. It will be delivered to Build It Green! NYC every other week starting in June: June 14, 28, July 12, 26, August 9, 23, September 6, 20, October 4, 18, November 1, 15. Pickup for members’ 1/2 bushel box is anytime BIG!NYC in Gowanus is open, beginning late-afternoon on Thursday through 5pm Sunday of each delivery week. You can learn more and sign up for the Full Plate Collective CSA here.

    Where: Build It Green! NYC, 69 9th St. Brooklyn, NY

    When: Every other Thursday, June through November

    How Much: $325 for 12 boxes of organic produce over the period of 23 weeks.

    To sign up: Please visit the website or call our coordinator Sara for more information. (607) 379 – 2866


    Bonus Your Face Off

    If you consume produce like the little woodland creature your are, you are going to need a place to put all your scraps. You could be a jerk and put all your biodegradable items in a plastic bag and let it do nothing in a landfill for the next year. Or on your way to BIGNYC in Gowanus you can swing by the Salt Lot, managed by Gowanus Canal Conservancy, and drop off your compost like the super star you really are!!!

    Gowanus Canal Conservancy's Salt Lot

  • Oil vs. Water – Cleaning Slick from the Gowanus Canal

    The rainbow sheen that dances on the surface of the Gowanus Canal isn’t anything pretty, its oil! This oil comes from the streets and from manufacturing along the Canal. Some of the oil has floated in the Canal since the industrial revolution. Oil is one of the biggest problems for the Canal because of the whole oil vs. water thing. Water and oil don’t mix, but you can’t just sift out the oil as no technic has been able separate the two even though they don’t mix. It a conundrum or maybe not! Scott C. Smith of OPFELX Solutions shows how a simple product can remove oil from water. It’s almost like magic! The oil is pulled in by some green polyolefin foam that looks like the remains of a muppet. The product sucks up all the oil out of the water and then that oil can be strained out for reuse. It really sounds too good to be true. Check it out…

  • Gowanus Gets Fresh Food From Ithica Farmers = Yum!

    We dreamed one time that we’d eat healthy… that we’d stop our habit of eating ramen noodles as our main source of sustenance…that we’d one day eat food that didn’t come from a can. That day has come because there is yummy produce rolling into Gowanus from Ithaca, NY. Fresh healthy produce will ironically be available along the banks of the ‘river stinky’ aka the Gowanus Canal at BIG NYC!(69 9th St. Brooklyn, NY) from June to November.
    Check out the delicious details below:

    CSA Summer Shares Now Available in Brooklyn!

    The Full Plate Farm Collective has been working together for over 8 years to bring high quality, organic, and biodynamic vegetables to 500 households in the Ithaca area. This past winter we shared the taste of the Finger Lakes with Brooklyn. Based on positive feedback, we will offer a summer-season share. The share will include certified organic and biodynamic salad greens, melons, tomatoes, potatoes, carrots, beets, squash, broccoli, cabbage, and much, much more. Members will also enjoy our weekly newsletter, filled with information about the veggies in your box, recipe ideas, and news from the farmers.

    Beginning June 14th, members of the Full Plate’s Brooklyn CSA can pick up a pre-packed, 1/2 bushel box of veggies from our farms at the BIG! NYC warehouse in Gowanus. Shares will be delivered every other week (June 14, 28, July 12, 26, August 9, 23, September 6, 20, October 4, 18, November 1, 15). We have a very flexible pick up window and are building a cooler so that your vegetables will stay fresh. They can be picked-up anytime during business hours, beginning late-afternoon on Thursday through 5pm Sunday of each delivery week. Come get your share of the harvest!

    Where: BIG! NYC, 69 9th St. Brooklyn, NY

    When: Every other Thursday’s, June through November

    How Much: $325 for 12 boxes of organic produce over the period of 23 weeks

    To sign up: Please visit our website or call our coordinator Sara for more information. (607) 379 – 2866



    Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a partnership between a local farm and members of the surrounding community. The Full Plate Farm Collective CSA is a collective model, where multiple farms work together to provide produce for a common membership and the community pledges to support the farm. By making a financial commitment to a farm, people become “members” of the CSA and receive a weekly share of produce.

  • Gowanus – now in lavish shoe form

    We all know Gowanus is being overtaken by all the cool kids that use to beat us up in High School, but we never thought we’d see the day when Gowanus would be so hip that it’d be the name of a fancy shoe.

    This is a Gowanus Flat from Rachel Comey:

    The shoe, which is two toned by design, not cause of a dip in the Canal, sells for $391.00! Looks like you’ll need to be ‘Superfunded’ to purchase this shoe, which you can buy it here.

    We found it through the Daily Candy site, cause we got lost when searching for something… not cause we were looking at fancy shoes or anything… –don’t judge us, it’s been a long week.


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The crack between two hipster neighborhoods, home to the now superfunded Canal, the flash point for the new 'Buy Local' and textile revolutions, & filled with brilliant bohemians. . . this is Gowanus & it’ll awesome your face off.

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