Living a sustainable lifestyle has become a way of life here in New York City, and Brooklyn Grange is making it even easier to keep up healthy habits. This stunning rooftop farm in the heart of the concrete jungle offers more than skyline views and fresh produce, and you’re going to want to add it to your must-visit list this summer.
Brooklyn Grange is an urban farm in Brooklyn with a focus on making a positive social and ecological impact on the community. Brooklyn Grange grows and harvests about 50,000 pounds of produce every year at their 2 rooftop locations (Long Island City and Brooklyn Navy Yard). They also produce their own local honey and hot sauce, fresh from the farm. Not only is their produce sold wholesale to a number of top New York restaurants, including Lafayette, Upland, Gramercy Tavern and Balaboosta, but they also sell to the public at their weekend farmers markets. If you can’t get enough of BG’s produce, consider becoming a member of their CSA program, which runs for 23 weeks beginning in May.
Brooklyn Grange hosts a range of workshops, yoga classes, dinners, farm visits, tours, talks, and team-building retreats. You can also rent out the incredible space for private parties, from birthdays to weddings.
Farm tours are available at both locations ($10 per person) and last for an hour. They’re hosted on Saturdays at 11 AM or 12:30 PM at the Long Island City location and Wednesdays at 10 AM or 11:30 AM the Brooklyn Navy Yard location. Advanced registration is required. If you want to make a spontaneous trip to the farm, the Long Island City location is hosting Open Houses (FREE) every Saturday from May 20th through October 21st from 11 AM to 4 PM.
Grab your yoga mat and Swell bottle and head to Brooklyn Grange’s evening rooftop yoga class ($17 per person). Every Monday at 6:30 PM from June to September, BG hosts a 30-person yoga sesh at their Brooklyn Navy Yard location, and the setting alone will make you feel centered. Walk-ins are welcome, but reservations are strongly encouraged.
To get a full farm learning experience, get your ticket to a unique hands-on workshop (prices vary). You can learn how to plant your own urban garden or green wall, make fresh flower crowns, create your own bicycle-powered gelato — even take an intro to Beekeeping. All of their workshops can also be made into private experiences.
Butcher Paper Dinners
Highly-coveted Butcher Paper Dinners are also hosted at BG. These seasonal meals are served family-style with local guest chefs. The current summer calendar dinners sold out in under 24 hours, but they’ll be adding more events soon.
Brooklyn Grange is an experiential rooftop farm that should not be missed. And don’t forget to snag a jar of homemade honey for a sweet pantry treat!