The Added Value Farm in Red Hook is one of the largest and oldest (current) farming projects in Brooklyn. In 2003, the founders, Ian Marvy and Michael Hurwitz, worked with the Department of Parks to convert a dilapidated playground into a farm – one of the first of its scale or scope in the city.
Added Value is now a thriving 2.75 acre farm, as well as an anchor of the community. Neighborhood kids do much of the work at the farm each season.
Valery Rizzo spent some time photographing the farm earlier this month. Join her for a look at Red Hook’s bounty.
Added Value Red Hook Community Farm is a vibrant urban farm in the heart of Red Hook.
Cherry tomatoes, okra and tomatillos are among the many varieties of produce grown and offered at the farm's market every Saturday from 10am-5pm during the month's of June to October.
Co-Founder and Executive Director Ian Marvy behind the farm stand loaded with produce, freshly harvested from the farm.
Weekend volunteers weeding and harvesting okra. Senior youth leader Aseel Alwaqza and senior farm assistant Alfred Planco selling produce to the local community at Saturday's market.
Youth leader Jerry Collado has been working as the CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) manager for the past three years. Over seventy families pick up their purchased share of the harvest at the farm each week.
Red Hook Community Farm has become a vibrant community resource where young and old work, study and grow together as they sow, nurture and harvest plants on the 2.75 acre urban farm.
At its Red Hook Community Farm, Added Value manages the largest and most diverse community composting program in Brooklyn.
Added Value has a program called the Urban Farm Corps, where young men and woman work with them on the farm, through an AmeriCorps grant to a program called Green City Force.
Added Value partnered with the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation and Cornell University Cooperative Extension to transform an entire city block from a dilapidated playground into a center for urban agriculture.
Octavia Reed and Stephanie Brathwaite harvesting tomatillos. Both are urban farmers for Green City Force.
Brother and sister volunteers Olivia and Andrew Wargo sifting compost.
Tim O'Neal of Boroughbees.com maintains and gives free hive inspection demonstrations of the two hives at the Added Value Red Hook Community Farm.
Both Chef Nate Courtland of iCi in Fort Greene and Sohui Kim of The Good Fork in Red Hook, create dishes for customers using fresh produce from the Added Value Red Hook Community Farm.
Partnering with the Governors Island Preservation and Education Corporation, Added Value has launched a three acre flower farm just across the water from Red Hook and under the gaze of the Statue of Liberty.
Butterflies dance and play together over large open fields of Zinnias.
The farm has a picturesque backdrop of art, history and New York City.
Along side the farm on Governors Island is Earth Matter's Compost Learning Center which partners with Added Value to compost their weed waste.
Regular volunteer Rhabia Cowell and senior urban farm assistant Shayna Lewis at Governors Island, standing in rows of Celosia.
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.