In 2009 community advocate Yonnette Fleming led gardeners to revitalize and reclaim an abandoned land parcel which was used to dump toxic materials for over twenty years. In a matter of years, the lot adjacent to the Hattie Carthan Community Garden was to become the Community Market. Thousands of volunteer hours helped us to convert that blighted property into a thriving farmers market which increases the neighborhood's limited access to fresh food and thus our overall community health.
MARKET UPDATES AND EVENTS
THE NATURAL FARMER TOOK AN IN-DEPTH LOOK AT URBAN AGRICULTURE FEATURING OUR INNOVATIVE WORK ON PUBLIC LAND.
WE INVITE YOU TO LOOK TO THE FUTURE WITH US AS WE SCALE UP OUR IMPACT AND PRODUCTION.
The Hattie Carthan Community Farmers Market, est. 2009
The Hattie Carthan Community Farmers market is a grassroots, people of color-led agricultural revitalization project in Central Brooklyn NYC.
The market’s vision is to cultivate a healthy, holistic, and self-sufficient community grounded in the systems and cycles of the earth.
To increase access to locally grown fresh food, farm culture and intergenerational agricultural education to all facets of community in a neighborhood classified as a “fresh food desert." The market accomplishes it’s goals by operating community based cultural programs and ventures which nourish human potential and cooperative economics.
The community farmers market is located on Clifton Place at Marcy Avenue directly behind the Hattie Carthan Community Garden.
The original market runs Saturdays 9am - 3pm from July - November, and a younger market located at 49 Van Buren Street runs Sundays 1pm to 6pm July to November.
The community-based and led markets were founded by Yonnette Fleming, V.P. of the Hattie Carthan Community Garden and 13 Hattie Carthan gardeners. The lot was cleaned and visioned in March 2009 when Fleming received permission from the NYC Dept of Parks and Recreation to clear, design and utilize the lot which was used as a thriving dumping ground for over twenty years . To date, the project founder Ms Fleming and community volunteers have contributed over 70,000 documentable volunteer hours to ensure the markets continue to grow.