About Brooklyn Homesteaderupdated April 8, 2011
Megan Paska moved to Brooklyn, NY in 2006 by way of Baltimore, Md (her hometown). She was no stranger to growing food when she got here. Meg had been gardening in Maryland, her mother and grandmother had vegetable gardens and the rest of her family managed a 450-acre farmstead in rural Virginia where she would spend summers walking through the pastures and valleys picking Chicory and learning to appreciate the quiet.
Once settled in NYC, she found that her landlords were enthusiastic about having a little bit of dirt to dig around in. So, they tore down the ratty old swimming pool that occupied the backyard and put up a raised bed vegetable garden. Soon after came the bees and honey, then the chickens and fresh eggs. They raised rabbits for meat. They canned, pickled and brewed beer. They lived pretty darn well.
In the summer of 2012 Meg and her partner Neil moved to Monmouth County, NJ to start a farm of their own, so check in regularly for updates on their experience as new farmers!
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Michael James Meier is a southeast Florida native who came to NYC for school and decided to stay put for a while. He was first inspired to pursue the fine art of homesteading by his grandparents, who, back in the day, packed up and bought some land in the North Carolina Smokies. Spending summers there as a youngster, helping tend the kitchen garden, gathering eggs, picking through cow pies, and listening to Andrea Bocelli in his grandpa's workshop, Michael learned a thing or two about living well off the land.
Now, in NYC, Michael's got no land, but living well nonetheless. He worked in online media and advertising for a few years before biting the bullet and making a career out of farming and homesteading. He's currently employed as farm manager at Brooklyn Grange, a series of rooftop farms in Brooklyn and Queens. With whatever spare time he can scrounge, he makes furniture and art from scavenged materials; grows food on fire escapes, balconies, rooftops, and community garden plots; keeps bees; knits and sews; brews his own tipple; and consults and teaches workshops on all of the above for his urban/suburban brethren and sistren.
Got questions for Michael? Email him.
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