Feting urban farmers: Thousands hit harvest fair to celebrate community gardens

Fall fun: 3-year-old Finley Burke decorated a pumpkin at the Brooklyn Bears’ Pacific Street Community Garden in Downtown during the Department of Parks and Recreation’s Greenthumb Harvest Fair on Sept. 16, which invited local green thumbs to show off their produce and compete for prizes including best vegetable, flower, and pie. , 3, decorates a pumpkin with craft supplies during the annual Harvest Fair at the Brooklyn Bears Pacific Garden in Brooklyn, NY. Photo by Erin Lefevre. Contact: dad Jeff 864-650-1362
Photo by Erin Lefevre

It drew the cream of their crops!

Community gardeners toted their bounties to a Prospect Heights green space for a Sept. 16 harvest fair where they showed off their produce for local horticulture enthusiasts, some of whom got a rare chance to play with the food, according to an attendee.

“My daughter decorated a pumpkin,” said Jeff Burke, a neighborhood resident who went with his two children . “It was more of an abstract painting. There wasn’t really a beginning or an end.”

Thousands descended on Brooklyn Bears’ Pacific Street garden at 150 Flatbush Ave. near Pacific Street for the event, which was hosted by the Department of Parks and Recreation’s Green Thumb program, an agency arm that provides support for local plots. The city’s more than 550 resident-tended patches help improve its quality of life in addition to bearing all sorts of produce, according to a program rep.

“They help to improve air quality, feed local residents, and bring neighbors together,” said Green Thumb director Bill LoSasso. “And we always love to see what our gardeners grow, from giant squash to ruby-ripe tomatoes.”

Gardeners competed for prizes at the fair and some Brooklyn green thumbs took home top honors, including Prospect Heights Community Farm member Traci Nottingham, who won the Best Dahlia award, and Clifton Place Memorial Park and Garden member Melvin Foster, who took home Best Honey for his sweet stuff made in Clinton Hill.

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