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BK Farmyards transforms idle land to farmyards providing access to fresh, local, organic food. In 2010, our farmers are starting a 1-acre farmyard.

Food. We love it and can’t live without it. It keeps us happy, healthy, and smart. We’re making local, organic food available to everyone, one yard at a time. And we need your help to keep the dream alive.

We are starting a Youth Farm in Partnership with the High School for Public Service in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. The students are required to do 200 hours of public service before graduation, but on average, they do 700 hours! They are focusing their attention on health and nutrition in the community, and they are ready to get their hands dirty.

We will develop the 1-acre farm over the course of the next four years incorporating farming into the science, health, art, and media classes. We will have a summer youth employment program which will provide summer jobs for the students as well as after-school volunteer programs. In the first year, we will provide fresh affordable produce to 20 families in the community for 16 weeks, and by year 5, we will be providing produce for 80 families. This farm will be one of the only fresh food sources in the neighborhood. You can come celebrate with us at our spring and fall harvest festivals when we close down Kingston Avenue for a block party!

Our farmers are the most essential ingredient for the success of our farms. Because of them, we can maximize production, and teach the students valuable lessons about food and the environment. With your kickstarter pledges, we can secure farmers for the planning of this growing season and the development of a Youth Farm that empowers the students to become leaders in their community. This is truly the gift that keeps on giving; once in place, the farmyard will continue to thrive for years.

NOW THAT WE MADE OUR $10K GOAL, WE ARE POSTING ALL OUR SPONSORS ON OUR WEBPAGE AT THE END OF EACH DAY: http://www.bkfarmyards.com

We ALWAYS need more money to build a better farm: please help us to exceed our kickstarter goals!

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    MOVIE NIGHT! Admission for 1: March 25, 7pm in Brooklyn Share a night with us celebrating the urban agriculture movement, featuring Garden Cycles, The Greenhorns, and several other surprise short films. Afterward, we will show you what's new at the Youth Farm! Trailer for Garden Cycles: http://womensgardencycles.wordpress.com/watch-the-trailer/ Trailer for The Greenhorns: http://thegreenhorns.wordpress.com/the-greenhorns-trailer/ $11 gets you in the door, see our $19 incentive for refreshment options.

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    MOVIE NIGHT! Admission for 1 with refreshments: March 25, 7pm in Brooklyn Share a night with us celebrating the urban agriculture movement, featuring Garden Cycles, The Greenhorns, and several other surprise short films. Afterward, we will show you what's new at the Youth Farm! Trailer for Garden Cycles: http://womensgardencycles.wordpress.com/watch-the-trailer/ Trailer for The Greenhorns: http://thegreenhorns.wordpress.com/the-greenhorns-trailer/ When you are parched, you can partake in hand made liqueurs from Sister Liqueurs: roasted beet martinis, lemoncello sours, and maybe more...if you are good.

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    A big thank you for your support on Twitter, www.bkfarmyards.com, and our newsletter

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    A stylish, reusable grocery bag crafted by bk farmyards and made from all recycled materials. We’ll include a satchel of aromatic cooking herbs from one of our farms.

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    Adopt a Chick! You will receive postcards from one of our hens over the course of the year. Watch how fast they grow and know that you made fresh eggs available for the neighborhood.

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    THROW US A DINNER PARTY TO RAISE THE $$$ How it works: Throw a dinner party at your place, and ask your guests to pledge money to our campaign (6 people at $25 = $150). We will supply cocktails for the dinner (see http://sisterliqueurs.blogspot.com/ for cocktail options) If your dinner party pledges $150, we will bring you one of our handmade grocery bags full of produce from some of our favorite farmers. You will also receive a postcard from one of our chicks, and big thank yous all around. This reward is also available for people you pledge $150 without the dinner party. (Reward only for people living in NYC as we are opposed to shipping produce.) See http://www.bkfarmyards.com/dinnerparty/dinnerparty.html for more information.

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    Dinner for 2 in a New York City restaurant that features local organic produce. We know some great chefs: your taste buds will love you forever! Prior to meal, we will inquire about your dietary requests.

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    Do you want to develop your own farmyard? Enjoy our consultation services for a growing season. Send us photos of your yard as well as your dietary preferences, and we will draw up a crop plan for you along with a schedule for starting seeds. During the season, consult with us about any pest or disease concerns in your new farmyard: we will give you information about pest cycles you should be aware of for your crops. We will also provide consultation to improve your soil health: your crops are only as healthy as your soil!

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