Help BK-based urban farmer Meg Paska raise funds to build an educational homestead at Seven Arrows, a retreat on the outskirts of NYC!
Seven Arrows is a 20-acre parcel of land an hour from New York City, accessible by ferry. It's a lovely place overlooking the Navesink River, an estuary offering mussels and clams and oysters to anyone willing to stick their hand in and grab them. There is surfing and swimming nearby, hiking and bike riding as well. The property is partially shaded by dozens of old tulip poplar trees that honeybees go crazy for. Hartshorne Woods Park abuts the property, offering great opportunities for foraging wild edibles. The hedgerow begs for dairy goats. The apple orchard serves as a great location for mobile chicken and rabbit hutches. There is a clearing about an acre in size, perfect for chemical-free vegetable cultivation on a human scale. As part of an ongoing series of wellness retreats, working meditation sessions can be offered in conjunction with farm visits.
(The bit of land we hope to cultivate. South-facing. Great exposure.)
The stewards of Seven Arrows have graciously offered an opportunity for my partner Neil and I to start a small farm of our own on their land. They are leasing us the land to use, but we have to step up and make it happen. I've been urban farming in Brooklyn, NY for the past few years and we're eager to start growing food on a slightly larger scale. They've kindly opened up their home to us so that we can continue offering educational opportunities as I have been with such esteemed establishments as The New York Botanical Garden and 3rd Ward. I hope to offer a place where individuals and organizations alike can come learn how to incorporate small-scale food production into their lives and livelihoods.
(The old orchard. The trees grow tart apples perfect for brewing cider!)
The home itself sleeps small groups comfortably, making Seven Arrows a perfect location for farm stays, and weekend intensive workshops on topics like small livestock raising, beekeeping, foraging, fishing and sustainable gardening practices. The house also hosts an array of wellness retreats each month. We're also capable of hosting all manner of events. Seven Arrows is poised to be a successful venture, but we need assistance to get some much-needed infrastructure into place.
Some of the things we hope to use our Kickstarter funds for are:
- Building a secure 50-hen chicken coop and cage-free rabbit colony. (We've got the livestock! We just need to build their homes!)
- Building dairy goat housing and fencing, as well as a hay shed.
- Getting deer fencing built to protect the crops.
- Improving the old orchard, replacing trees lost over the past couple of generations and companion planting to improve yields.
- Starting a small mushroom farming project.
- Building a greenhouse (some materials have already been donated!)
- Getting teaching tools such as a pressure canner, a projector, books and inviting speakers to teach workshops.
- Creating a web-based learning portal for the farm, where folks who cannot make it to the farm can learn from afar.
(Me and my city chickens, who told me to tell you they are ready to move someplace with more bugs to eat.)
We are hoping to commence building later this summer, into fall so that we can start our first CSA in Spring of 2013. We'll be offering vegetables, eggs and honey to folks in the community, to visitors of the farm, and of course to sustain ourselves.
Please have a look at our rewards offerings and donate what you can! Help us get this project started off right!
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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May 31, 2012 - Jul 5, 2012 (35 days)
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Your name, and link to your website on our O.G. donors page!Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
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A limited run screen-printed thank you postcard designed by co-farmers Meg Paska & Neil Despres.Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
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An assortment of pressed and labeled wild plants from nearby Hartshorne Woods Park and a screen-printed thank you card from co-farmers Meg Paska and Neil DespresEstimated delivery: Nov 2012
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A farm made wooden salad flat made from untreated reclaimed wood and a packet of organic, heirloom salad seeds!Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
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Claudia Pearson Buy Local Calendar Towel 24 x 27" 100% cotton, vibrant illustrations of local vegetables. Feature Claudia Pearson's art in your kitchen, with this Brooklyn tea towel—illustrated with local vegetables for every season. (See updates for image)Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
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Adopt-A-Chicken! Name a hen and get a polaroid of your clucker mailed to you, plus a free recorded online homesteading class (chose from vegetable gardening, beekeeping or raising chickens)Estimated delivery: Apr 2013
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Locally Grown Gift Set A group of scrappy farmers, urban beekeepers, and inventive chefs are revolutionizing the Brooklyn food system. From rooftop produce to honey from city bees, these ultra-local treats are the perfect gift. Our curator has assembled a selection of items featuring locally-grown, organic produce including: Saucy by Nature Pumpkin-Ginger sauce, Brooklyn Grange homegrown honey and hot sauce, Anarchy in a Jar Hot Fireman’s Pear jam, and a verdant Claudia Pearson tea towel. (See updates for image)Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
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A one-year subscription to our online web classes! Workshops will be on topics such as beekeeping, food preservation, small livestock husbandry and more!Estimated delivery: Jan 2013
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A 16oz jar of our first Spring 2013 honey harvest and a year subscription to our online workshops.Estimated delivery: Jul 2013
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A locally made red cedar Langstroth hive set up from Evans Cedar Beehives, with frames, two deep hive bodies, two mediums, screened bottom board, hive stand, inner and outer cover (foundation not included)....shipped to your door! To read more about these hives, check out www.EvansCedarBeehives.com or check out our update pertaining to these hives!Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
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Weekend camp-out at Seven Arrows! Sleep under the stars with a farm raised dinner, morning guided yoga sessions, local libations and tent included! Leave with a care package of veggies, eggs and goat milk -OR- a collection of all of the previous pledge descriptions (Thank you note, pressed wild plants, honey share, adopt a chicken and one year web class subscription)Estimated delivery: May 2013
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A spot in our 2013 CSA (Community Supported Agriculture! Each week from June 1- Nov 1 get a portion of our harvests. This includes 6-8 vegetables, a half dozen eggs, herbs and flowers! (pick up in NJ only. Donors who pick this prize will need to fill out a standard CSA agreement...read more about CSAs here: http://www.localharvest.org/csa/)Estimated delivery: Jun 2013
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A weekend stay for two at Seven Arrows including farm grown meals, morning guided yoga sessions and local libations each night! Leave with a care package of veggies, eggs and goat milk! -OR- a basket of assorted value added goods made from farm produce (hot sauce, jam, dried mushrooms, teas, etc) PLUS a collection of all of the previous pledge descriptions (Thank you note, pressed wild plants, honey, adopt a chicken and web class subscriptionEstimated delivery: Mar 2013
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A weekend retreat for you and up to 8 friends. Daily guided yoga sessions, farm meals and lodging included. Go hiking in Hartshorne Woods Park, swim in the Navesink River, go surfing at nearby Sandy Hook! Seven Arrows is the perfect spot for a group getaway!Estimated delivery: Mar 2013