About the blogger

Betsey grew up on Lookout Mountain in Tennessee, went to college in Vermont, moved to Brooklyn to pursue modern dance. After 10 years trying out a few different careers around New York, she found it difficult to ignore a yearning to move to Dutchess County and work on a vegetable farm. Maybe this was inherited. Her grandmother grew up on a dairy farm in Lexington, Virginia, and her grandfather raised cows and chickens on his farm in Alabama. She started Brooklyn Farmer in July 2008 after taking a food writing class and meeting some of the farmers at the Grand Army Plaza farmers market. Betsey now lives in Red Hook in Dutchess County surrounded by lots of farmers, farmland, and continues to work on food justice endeavors.

12 Responses to “About the blogger”

  1. Ben Says:

    Hi Betsey –

    Ben Wyskida here from The Nation; am a Prospect Heights resident but somewhat downhill, so I feel your husband’s Saturday pain.

    Quickly, a few of us here read you and wanted to be sure that you saw our special issue on “food democracy” this week. it might be blog-worthy, or at least of interest to you and your friends. Let me know if you’d like any hardcopies sent.


  2. Mary Emmerling Says:

    n on coming to Santa Fe and experience our Farmers Market, It’s beautiful, so colorful and loaded with the flavors of New Mexico, your room is waiting. love

  3. andreatbk Says:

    Dear Betsey,

    I am working on a blog, along with Beth Manes, for the citywide and Brooklyn Leaf project, intended to gather leaves for composting this year, since the Sanitation Dept. cut the program.

    Would you mind if I used this picture from your blog? Thanks, Andrea Kannapell

  4. Brian & Mary Says:

    Hi Betsey,

    Just watched DVD “Escape from Suburbia” that had a lot on urban gardening, CSA and similar, including Rattlesnake Farm. Tells us more about all this. you have our number or post on your blog.

  5. Derek Says:

    Hey Bets, Fun takking w u at CG Greenmarket. I just posted your link. Trade?
    P.S. Send me your email and I will send you updates every couple of week. Thanks!

  6. Celeste and Peter Says:

    Hi Betsey, We are enjoying your blog and Brooklyn Farmer sounds interesting. Seems like you and Mary and Brian are on the same wave length! Here in Washington we have a similar group with several FreshFArm markets throughout the city, and each year our DC Chapter of Les Dames d’escoffier volunteers at the markets to teach kids about healthy eating.
    I guess you know our First Lady is also in on the act–so you have some distinguished company.

    We wish you all the best, and keep in touch!


    Celeste and Peter

  7. sasha Says:

    Love your site, from a local Brooklyn-ite. I really enjoy the farm-to-table approach to cooking and your site is wonderful in that respect. I would love for you to check out some of the organic and farm to table posts on my blog as well, http://www.akitcheninbrooklyn.com.



  8. bee Says:

    I was hoping you would like to cover the new Youth Farm at the High School for Public Service in Crown Heights. We are having a fundraiser on April 11th.

    Betty Brooklyn is celebrating the launch of her private chef and catering business by throwing a benefit bash to support bk farmyards and the Youth Farm at the High School for Public Service.

    Happy Hour Benefit Bash
    What: Hors D’ ourvres & Cocktails
    When: Sunday, April 11th 2010, 4:30pm – 8pm
    Where: 220 Plymouth St. Suite 5A, BK NY, (F train to York St.)
    Cost: $2o in advance, $25 at the door,
    100% of proceeds goes to bk farmyards. Space is limited!

    • Hors d’oeuvres by Betty Brooklyn
    • Specialty cocktails by Sister Liqueurs
    • Beer provided by Blue Point
    • Homebrewed kombucha tea spritzers
    • Ice sculpture by Joshua Kalin
    • Presentation on the bk farmyards and the new Youth Farm at the High School for Public Service.
    • Live auction of local Brooklyn goods

    The Menu
    Sautéed spring mushrooms in phyllo cups with
    Salvatore Bklyn ricotta and tarragon
    Grilled marinated flank steak skewers with chimichurri sauce
    Deviled quail eggs with crispy bacon
    Spring peas in ramp and pistachio pesto with radish slices on locally baked baguette
    Handmade lox on bagel chips with crème fraiche and wild onion chives
    Citrus and beet salad in lettuce cups
    Selection of local artisan cheeses with dried fruits and locally baked breads
    Crunchy seasonal vegetables with handmade hummus
    Roasted almonds with smoked paprika and thyme
    Cardamom and dark chocolate ganache truffles rolled in cocoa
    Warm cookies and Ronnybrook Farm milk

    About Betty Brooklyn Using the best of New York’s local, seasonal and organic produce, Betty Brooklyn prepares delicious, nourishing meals for people who love food. She also offers personalized private chef classes for individuals and small groups.

    Elizabeth (Bee) Ayer


  9. Sean-Michael Says:

    Hey there – great stuff! Just thought I’d let you know about the Secret Garden Farm (and Nature Preserve) in Bushwick. This is our first year. We (EcoStation:NY) are growing crops for Bushwick Farmers’ Market (now in two locations), which we operate. If you would like any more info, just let me know. – tho at the moment we’re kinda busy getting ready for next week’s openings (see http://www.BushwickFarmersMarket.org for details)…

  10. Amy Newton Says:


    Farm City is a NYC-based action-research project designed to promote awareness and dialogue about urban agriculture and its future. We are in the midst of hosting a series of events, including our fundraiser party featuring author, Novella Carpenter, Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer. We are trying to get the word out about this fun event happening this Friday at The Commons 388 Atlantic Avenue Brooklyn NY 11217.

    Please see our press release:


    and pass it along to any interested parties. By the way, Farm City was founded by Derek Denckla, thegreenest.net blogger.

    We are very grateful for any help!

    Thank you for your time. We’d love to see you there.



  11. Cathy@ What Would Cathy Eat? Says:

    Hi Betsey,

    Love your blog. I am a Brooklyn-based food blogger and am going to host an informal get-together for local food bloggers. So please contact me: cathy.elton@gmail.com Thanks!

  12. Jessica Says:

    Hello Betsy,

    I’m writing you from the Bushwick Food Coop. We have a film series coming up! Would love you to check out the Food Coop and the film series – possibly even blog about us! We’ll be sure to tweet it out to all our social friends and gain even more interest for you!

    Film Screening 1 – Lunchline
    Date: Saturday, February 2 at 3pm (doors at 2:30)
    Location: DeKalb Library, 790 Bushwick Ave, Brooklyn
    Website: http://www.lunchlinefilm.com
    Guest Speaker: Janet Poppindieck, author of Free For All: Fixing School Food in America
    Facebook invite: on.fb.me/XIoV6h

    Film Screening 2 – Dirt
    Date: Saturday, February 9 at 1:30pm (doors open at 1)
    Location: Ridgewood Library, 2012 Madison Street, Ridgewood
    Website: http://www.thedirtmovie.com
    Facebook invite: on.fb.me/WdOfFn

    Film Screening 3 – Farmageddon
    Date: Sunday, February 17 at 4:30pm (doors open at 4)
    Location: Brooklyn Fireproof, 119 Ingraham Street, Brooklyn
    Website: http://www.farmageddonmovie.com
    Facebook invite: on.fb.me/WszNZA

    Film Screening 4 – In Organic We Trust
    Date: Saturday, February 23 at 4:30pm (doors at 4)
    Location: Brooklyn Fireproof, 119 Ingraham Street, Brooklyn
    Website: http://www.inorganicwetrust.org

    Thank you! I look forward to working with you in the future.

    Jessica Sirbu
    Outreach & Communications Committee
    Email: Outreach@bushwickfoodcoop.org
    Bushwick Food Coop Address: 2 Porter Avenue within The Loom

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