WHO WE ARE
BK Farmyards is a collective of experienced urban farmers dedicated to expanding food justice through agricultural production & education in Brooklyn. We manage 2.0 acres of farmyards spread across several farm sites, and consult on new urban farm development. In addition to agricultural production, our educational agenda includes something for all ages: training programs, apprenticeships, free workshops, farm visits, and volunteer days!
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.
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.
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.
Market & Outreach Assistant, Assistant Farm Manager
Martha has been at the Youth Farm since its groundbreaking in 2010, as a volunteer, apprentice and now as the Market & Outreach Assistant. She is also participating in chicken-keeping and backyard farming apprenticeships this season. Martha began her farm training as a novice apprentice at Garden of Eve in Riverhead, NY.
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.
Youth Coordinator & School Liaison Returned to her hometown of Brooklyn, NY after many years loving the mountains, water & trees of Seattle. She works with youth on local food advocacy, farm projects and, in general, helps city kids go from "Eeew! A bug! It's dirty!!" to "We should come out here all the time!" She also collaborates with teachers of all disciplines to develop engaging, dynamic, standards-based curriculum that integrates farming, food justice, public service, values-based entrepreneurship, and healthful nutrition.