Total loan: $10,000

Ryan & Henry

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Brooklyn, NY, United States / Agriculture

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Ryan & Henry's story

Henry Sweets : I first harvested Okra while gardening with my Grandfather when I was 10 years old. Twenty years later, I moved to Brooklyn to pursue my dream of creating a farm in the city where people could gather, relax, eat food and be human together. The dream became a reality, and is now growing in a bigger and more beautiful space than I ever could have imagined. Ryan Watson: My transition from office worker to urban farmer began in 2013 after years in front of a computer screen stuck inside an air conditioned office. Though I was raised in Los Angeles I was surrounded by family and friends who were backyard farmers, urban homesteaders and those who taught me to see the potential productivity that lay beneath the earth. When I moved to Brooklyn the prevalence of vacant land - hundreds of acres - beckoned me to find a piece of land and make it productive. In the fall of 2013, during an internship at the Battery Urban Farm I met Henry Sweets. We both shared the vision to transform vacant land into something productive and sought out to build a publicly accessible urban farm in our neighborhood. The result was North Brooklyn Farms.