The Times: Tomatoes sprouting in Manhattan’s concrete jungle to feed the homeless

April 18, 2020

This week a farmer stepped into a curious white structure outside the Guggenheim Museum on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue and began to harvest tomatoes. “I grew about a hundred pounds,” he said proudly.

David Litvin has farmed in Israel and in Ohio but this is the first time that he has worked soil amid a concrete jungle. It is probably the first time anyone has farmed here in at least a century and, thanks to new technology, his enterprise is a huge success.

“I’m expecting about a hundred pounds every week,” he told me, from a two-metre distance, standing on the pavement outside his tomato farm. “The quality is incredible. I will bring out some for you to taste.”

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