Brooklyn Museum Gets Artist-Run Farm Stand

A farm stand from Project EATS outside the Brooklyn Museum selling produce grown at urban farms in New York city. Photo: via ArtDaily.

As it gears up for a fall exhibit highlighting the work of the borough’s artists, the Brooklyn Museum will showcase local produce at a weekly farm stand on the plaza in front of the institution.

The farm stand will be stocked with produce grown at urban community farms, some in rough neighborhoods, such as Brownsville and East New York, that one doesn’t necessarily associate with freshly-grown fruits and veggies. It has been set up in advance of “Crossing Brooklyn: Art from Bushwick, Bed-Stuy, and Beyond,” which will bring more than 100 works of art by 35 Brooklyn-based artists and collectives to the institution.

The stand is the latest initiative from Project EATS, an organization founded by artist and documentary-filmmaker Linda Goode Bryant that works to bring farms and farmers’ markets to working class communities in New York City. The group’s website describes is mission as an “ArtAction” and “a ‘documentary story’ told off screen and inserted into the routines, activities and actions of everyday life in urban communities.”

The farm stand debuts tomorrow, Thursday, July 17, and will be open on a weekly basis every Thursday through the fall from 3:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Project EATS will also plant several gardens on the museum grounds, with the goal of eventually selling those vegetables at the stand as well.

Crossing Brooklyn: Art from Bushwick, Bed-Stuy, and Beyond,” will be view at the Brooklyn Museum from October 3–January 4, 2015.

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