ABOUT US

BK Farmyards is a collective of experienced urban farmers dedicated to expanding food justice through agricultural production & education in Brooklyn. 

Since 2009, we have kickstarted 2.0 acres of new farmyards spread across several farm sites in Brooklyn. In addition to managing our flagship farm, the Youth Farm, we consult on new urban farm development. We specialize in building production farms with an educational and training component for those who want to learn more about how to grow their own food.

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COLLECTIVE MEMBERS

Stacey Murphy 
Founder
Stacey is leading efforts to build BK Farmyards capacity to grow lots of food and flowers in Brooklyn through the development of new urban farms and organization of community resources. As a real food advocate, she speaks to audiences of all ages about food, farming, and culture. Stacey also runs a backyard farm CSA with a Backyard Farmer Training Program.




Molly Culver
Co-Farm Manager & Field Trip Coordinator
Molly has been an active urban farmer and food justice advocate in NYC since 2004, and holds a Certificate in Ecological Horticulture from the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems. Molly began growing in El Girasol Community Garden in the Bronx, and honed her farming skills at Live Earth Farm in Watsonville CA, where she managed 2 acres of mixed vegetables, 30 goats, 12 sheep, and 300 chickens. Molly is a Just Food trainer and Farm School NYC teacher, and leads workshops on horticulture, food preservation, and animal husbandry. 


                                                       Liz Dowd 
Co-Farm Manager 
Liz Dowd grew-up in Vermont and didn’t even know she was raised to be a farmer.  Both her mother and father taught her how to tend their land, growing flowers and vegetables with dreams of living off the grid one day.  Liz moved to NYC to pursue her love for photography and graduated from the School of Visual Arts.  She studied urban permaculture under Claudia Joseph and biodynamic farming at the Pfeiffer Center.  Craving a more intimate farming experience, she happened upon the Urban Farm Training Program at the HSPS Youth Farm.  She apprenticed for a year and then joined the team as the Assistant Farm Manager. 


Elizabeth Bee Ayer
Co-Farm Manager & Market Manager
Farmer Bee loves raw okra and  has a certificate in Ecological Horticulture from the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food System at UC Santa Cruz and B.A. from the University of Michigan. Elizabeth has run several urban youth programs on gardening, entrepreneurship and healthy eating. She has spent the last 5 years working to increase food access in urban areas and helping to start/manage urban growing sites in NYC. She also teaches for Farm School NYC and runs bk farmyards chicken operation.


Anita Singh
Summer Youth Coordinator 

Anita comes to the collective with a diverse background, NYC public school teacher, marketing and bike repair! Anita moved to NYC from Milwaukee Wisconsin  and shares her love of the city through free Brooklyn bike tour adventures.





Martha Jackson
Market & Outreach Assistant, Assistant Farm Manager
Martha joined BK Farmyards in 2011 after volunteering at the Youth Farm during its first season. She served as the farm's Outreach Assistant, and then as Assistant Farm Manager. She also co-managed BK Farmyard's chicken operation. Martha is now pursuing her farm dreams in upstate New York.