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Edible: Greenpoint Store Helps New Yorkers Get Green Thumbs

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New Yorkers who want a green thumb can go to a new store in Greenpoint, Brooklyn that sells all sorts of urban farm supplies. Edible Manhattan's Rachel Wharton filed the following report.

Hidden off an industrial street near the Brooklyn/Queens border, Hayseed's Big City Farm Supply in Greenpoint, Brooklyn will be open through June. The pop-up shop is the collaborative effort of several urban farmers, chicken owners and beekeepers who found it hard to find good quality, environmentally friendly gardening supplies in the city.

"It's kind of a tongue in cheek play on a typical farm store. Not many people are going to need materials to build a greenhouse or something like that. So we focused on the backyard gardener, the backyard farmer," says Megan Paska, the store's co-owner. "We basically provide soil, soil amendments, seeds, tools, small animal feed, irrigation supplies. Our book selection is really fantastic, you can get a book about raising chickens to sort of a daydreamer's book about cattle and goats, which obviously are not legal to keep here but you can dream."

Hayseed's stock is carefully curated for the urban grower. There are seedlings and seeds that thrive in tough city backyards and black tar rooftops. There are pitchforks just the right size for apartments, fake owls to keep rats from your community garden rows, ready-to-install beehives, and even clothing for the fashion-forward farmer.

Plus there are classes in the garden next door and a store mascot.

"And we've got this bunny who likes to eat buttons. Her name is Carrot," says Paska.

If you think gardening isn't for you, just try it, says Paska.

"I've got many friends who started out with a couple of tomatoes on their patio and now they've got full raised-bed gardens and they grow squash and cucumbers and herbs," says Paska.

To learn more about urban farming, visit EdibleManhattan.com.

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