You gotta root for a group that’s teaching Crown Heights high schoolers to farm. That’s BK Farmyards‘ plan, anyway, but they need some help. After feeding six people for 12 weeks on 600 sq. ft. in Ditmas Park last year, the land-transforming BK non-profit is partnering with the High School for Public Service to start a 1-acre farmyard on the school’s Kingston Ave. grounds. The farm will be one of the area’s few local food sources, and its young caretakers will learn a bit about food and the environment (they’ll also get their hands dirty with some actual… dirt). But fruitful dirt doesn’t come cheap, so BK Farmyards has set up a page on the funding platform Kickstarter to help bring in some much-needed financial aid. (more…)
Fancy food trucks are practically de rigeur in NY these days, with the high-quality likes of Schnitzel & Things, Van Leeuwen and Eurotrash getting attention all over the city’s most esteemed media outlets. But how to find that nearest four-star truck when you’re dashing to your retail late-shift, tired of showing up smelling like gyros and tzaziki? Well, now, as they say, there’s an app for that. I Love Street Eats is a free iPhone application that shows recent locations of gourmet meal trucks selling everything from Tex-Mex to Belgian waffles. It’s currently available in NY and seven other cities around the U.S., and it relies on vendors to update their locations daily. And if you can’t afford an iPhone, the Website has all the info too.