Tenth Acre Farms in Greenpoint opened in the Spring of 2009. Founders Jordan Hall and Bennett Wilson have a successful film production studio, but when both found themselves Jonesin’ for the farming and gardening of their childhoods, they started the farm on the unused yard of the now-closed St. Cecelia’s school.
In their second season, they’ve expanded the farm, launched a CSA, and continue to sell their harvest at The Brooklyn Kitchen in Williamsburg, Brooklyn Standard in Greenpoint, and at their own markets at the farm on Sundays.
Photographer Valery Rizzo visited the farm at the height of the growing season. Join her for a stroll through the beds with Jordan. Stay tuned next week for an interview with co-founder Bennett Wilson.
Tenth Acre Farms is an urban farm housed in an abandoned basketball court at St. Cecilia's school at 215 Richardson St. in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
Colorful garden wheelbarrows. Jordan Hall, founder of Tenth Acre Farms and Head of Lettuce, preparing this week's harvest for the farm's CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) member pick-ups.
Jordan clipping the farm's many varieties of basil, which are great for making pesto!
Freshly harvested lemon basil cooling off in a jar of water. A crate filled with basil is just one of the many things being collected for this season's CSA members.
Jordan clipping and holding an abundance of freshly cut thyme.
Tenth Acre Farms uses a unique method of "raised bed gardening," growing all their vegetables using 100% organic methods. Jordan designs the salad combinations for the farm's mixed greens and mesclun mixes and is currently designing a Brooklyn mesclun with various greens, chervil, endive and arugula!
Varieties of lettuces such as bib, oakleaf, crisphead, red romaine, and frisee with beds of zucchini seen behind them.
Freshly cut sprigs of sage. Jordan sorts and selects the CSA member's desired weekly vegetables and herbs.
Basil, lettuce varieties, broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini, cucumbers, thyme, chives, cilantro and sage are just some of the produce CSA shareholders have a choice of today.
A collection of freshly harvested cucumbers and zucchini.
Making the final selections for the member's three bags full of produce.
Many members bring their children along to the farm because it's a great way for them to learn more about how food is grown. CSA member Cat and son Cormack have spotted a psychedelic caterpillar.
The farms has three kinds of zucchini (golden, green and crookneck) and four kinds of basil: sweet, Thai, Greek and lemon.
Member Cristina Kovak having two large bags filled with locally grown organic vegetables. Zucchini, cucumbers and loads of fresh herbs.
Kate Hall on the farm during the beginning of the growing season at Tenth Acre Farms.
The farm's compost bins, hand trucks and garden wheelbarrows. Reserve a spot for next year's 2012 harvest -- they go fast!
All photos © Valery Rizzo. All rights reserved.
Valery is a Park Slope-based professional photographer with a love of good food and all things Brooklyn. You can find more of her work on her website, and you can follow her food adventures on her photo blog, Eating Brooklyn.