The Art of Farming

                                                 This fall on Tuesday, September27, 2011  Sotheby’s Auction House will hold it’s 2nd Annual Art of Farming event. The Art of Farming is an event that showcases Edible Heirlooms while providing a platform for local farmers, Chefs,purveyors and philanthropists to come together and support local agriculture and sustainable food practices for everyone in New York. (An Heirloom is a vegetable or fruit whose seed has been saved for the last Fifty years!!) The Farmers who have grown the produce specifically this event, are from New York and the Tri-State area, include Tim Stark of Eckerton Hill Farm,  Keith Stewart of Keith’s Organic Farm, and John Adams of Hudson Valley Organic just to name a few.
         These Edible Heirlooms, will be presented in several different ways. The highlight of which will be a live auction led by a
Sotheby’s auctioneer.
                      (The proceeds from this event will help out GrowNYC and The Sylvia Center at Katchkie Farm.)
                                The Evening will begin at 7pm with a cocktail reception, wine, produced in New York, and hors d’ ouvres made by Jeremy Bearman of Rouge Tomate (a 1 Michelin star restaurant with a healthy, yet delicious look on food). After the cocktail reception, the guests will be seated for dinner on long family farm style communal tables, and be served the best of New York’s farm-to-table cuisine. Some of the Chefs and Restaurants who will be participating in the event will be Northern Spy Food Co., Mark Meyer of Cook Shop, and Daniel Eardley of Chestnut as well as Alexandra Guarnaschelli of Butter, and Todd English of Plaza Food Hall and many..many more.

Moving on to the auction, the guests will have an opportunity win amazing food and drink experiences, such as celebrity chef dinners, wine country getaways, and farm internships to name a few. The highlight of the evening however, will be ten crates of fresh heirloom vegetables grown by local farmers being auctioned for $1,000 each, with the produce going to vital community food programs in the city.

                                      All proceeds from the event will benefit GrowNYC New Farmers Development Project, which identifies, educates and supports immigrants with agricultural experience to become local producers and establish farms in the region, and The Sylvia Center, a program that inspires and teaches children to eat well through hands-on experiences at Katchkie Farm and in school and community centers all over New York City.
                                         The Art of Farming will be an event to remember, in which like minded individuals are working together to make strides in this movement for local agriculture and sustainable food practices.
One of the greatest things about this event, is that every tuesday from September 6 through September 27th there will be a Green Market led by GrowNYC Youthmarket right outside of Sotheby’s New york. Youthmarket is a network of urban farm stands managed by neighborhood youth, supplied by local farmers, and designed to bring fresh fruits and vegetables to communities throughout New York City. Youthmarket seeks to overcome the problem of inaccessibility of affordable fresh fruits and vegetables by linking regional farmers with underserved consumers in New York City.

For information on how you can be a part of this incredible event and purchase tickets please visit

For a full list of farmers, chefs, and wineries.


4 responses to “The Art of Farming

  1. What a great event for a great cause. A little too expensive for me but if I have a change in fortune by then..

    • Thank you Christine, Emily, and TCL,

      It really is a great event and cause, the first I heard of, of its kind. I may not be able to attend it, but I will go to the Market they will be having and support the way I can.

  2. Love this event; thanks for spreading the word!

  3. Sounds like a wonderful event!

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