Bion Bartning is an advocate for urban agriculture and good food, especially in New York City. As an active entrepreneur and investor, Bion utilizes his extensive knowledge in sourcing fresh produce in his role as founder and CEO of an innovative company, Basis Foods.
The company’s mission is focused on making good food accessible to everyone. For example, his company sources locally produced produce and delivers it straight to the community. Basis Foods was also a partner in the 2011 Good Food Fest NYC, proudly supporting the celebration of the season’s harvest.
The 2011 Good Food Fest featured traditional, locally-sourced, 100% traceable food from over 50 family farmers, local chefs and artisanal producers. Mr. Bartning has been a supporter of food festivals and events which support local farmers and encourage healthy eating. Thankfully, the trend for good, fresh food is on the rise! Bion Bartning is an advocate for good food that is traditional, localized and 100% traceable.
He believes that an apple grown in China, picked before it’s ripe and shipped across the world, is not the same as an apple grown with care by a local farmer and delivered to market the same day it’s picked. Furthermore, urban farming is a great way to support and educate local communities on healthy local produce.
Urban agriculture has been around for centuries and as cities around the world expand, a new innovative boom in urban farming has occurred. New York City is at the forefront of this boom and in the last five years has seen the development of the largest rooftop farm in the US, known as Brooklyn Grange. According to Inhabitat New York City, New Yorkers have access to unique urban farms which are united in their efforts to make healthy, locally readily available food for all.
Added Value, located in Red Hook, Brooklyn is a community non-profit farm dedicated to nurturing the future generations through a youth program. This is one of Added Value’s community farms:
RED HOOK COMMUNITY FARM at 580 COLUMBIA STREET, BROOKLYN, NY 11231
Formerly a concrete baseball field, Red Hook Community Farm was established in 2001 and is now a thriving 2.75 acre production and compost site that supplies our Farmers Market and CSA. Two feet of rich compost nourishes a variety of crops, which in turn create a diverse environment for microorganisms, insects, and other animals. We grow all our produce organically, and employ sustainable farming practices. Last year we grew over 20,000 pounds of produce!
Urban farming is an amazing source for hands-on education across communities and schools. With the need to educate future generations on the importance of urban agriculture, Farm School NYC was established. Farm School NYC was started in 1995 with the goal of educating future generations on the importance of urban agriculture. Farm School NYC’s mission is to train NYC residents in urban agriculture, in order to build self-reliant communities and inspire local positive vibes towards healthy food and living. They offer individual courses and a certificate program as well.
There are many other communities participating in the movement to teach urban agriculture and to increase the presence of urban farms within New York City. This list includes Randall’s Island Urban Farm, which was created as a result of GrowNYC and Randall’s Island Park Alliance mission to provide local schools with the resources and experience of environmental education and nutritional learning. Their goal is to give students the ability to grow, harvest and eat farm fresh produce.
As cities across the globe become more and more modernized, the desire to grow healthy, sustainable food is not diminishing. Between Bion Bartning’s advocacy work and the many programs offered in urban agriculture across New York City, this trend for urban farming is here to stay!