Randall’s Island Urban Farm
The history of farming on Randall’s Island dates back to the 17th and 18th centuries. Most of the land became a public park in the 1930s, and today the farm is used for agricultural education. Through the Edible Education Program, school groups visit to learn about the production, preparation, and consumption of healthy, well-grown food; as well as the unique ecology of Randall’s Island. The Farm is open to the public for special events and on Exploration Days.
Hrs: By appointment.
Farm Lesson Plan
The average American may eat 125 pounds of potatoes each year, but corn is actually America’s number one field crop, providing ingredients for cereals, peanut butter, snack foods and soft drinks. The average person eats 68 quarts of popcorn a year alone! Use a trip to an agricultural farm to find out where our fruits and vegetables come from. Compare organic, pesticide-free, and genetically engineered crops. Research the products made possible by crops grown in the U.S. (shampoos, crayons, and baseball bats all come from agricultural products, for example). Ask your local farm about the benefits of eating local or growing your own garden.View Lesson Plan>>