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Brooklyn’s Modern Farmer: The Story of Summer

September 27th, 2017

If you have ever visited the bustling metropolis of New York City, the first word that probably comes to mind is most likely something like traffic, or people, or shopping or maybe even skyscrapers, rather than green or gardens or fresh.  However, modern farmer Summer Rayne Oakes (just look at her name for starters) has created an oasis in her funky Williamsburg apartment and has sparked my creativity, as well as many others’ I’m sure. Summer has lived in her 1,200 square foot converted industrial Brooklyn apartment for going on 12 years now.

Summer has built a garden paradise in her apartment, complete with an irrigation system – made out of mason jars, and upwards of 500 plants with plenty of edible options.  From herbs that many are familiar with growing – to the more exotic – pineapple and curry, she has it all.  That’s what we call a true Modern Farmer. Of course, her success with this number of plants, could be attributed to her university studies in agricultural science, but she claims it comes from her roots as well.

This Pennsylvania native has not strayed far from her roots – pun intended.  She says she was raised on a 5 acre plot of land alongside chickens, goats and an orchard and she has turned her little “plot of real-estate” into something somewhat resembling that spot she spent her younger years on.

She says her ultimate goal is to homestead in Brooklyn, but she isn’t sure if her landlord will be into “bees on the roof or chickens.”  Could you manage your own indoor garden of this size?

Summer in her Williamsburg Apartment

What is your gardening goal? Do you own your own home?  If not, you may be more limited with what you can do. If you are looking for a home of your own take a peek at our Down Payment Assistance program here.  With your own home you will be able to create your own indoor or outdoor garden without limits. Check out some of Summer’s How-Tos for gardening on her website:



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