The foodway connects the river area with people, growing food and medicinal plants. Come explore the food forest and relish (hah!) the delight of seeds becoming plants for life.
The Bronx River Foodway is one of New York City’s only edible food forest. This perennial edible landscape is integrated within Concrete Plant Park in the south Bronx. Initially a pilot project, the Bronx River Foodway jump-starts the imagination, reconnecting community to use land within the city.
The food forest was first established in 2017 and offers access to a variety of edible plants. These include medicinal plants like echinacea, nut trees like the chestnut, an assortment of native berries, as well as a section dedicated to kitchen herbs and familiar veggies.
Take a stroll through the Foodway and learn about all the edible beauties. And get your hands dirty in regular volunteer opportunities.
Our mission is sustain and activate the Bronx River Foodway in collaboration with stakeholders at Concrete Plant Park.
To learn more about the Bronx River Foodway contact Nathan Hunter at: Foodway@bronxriver.org
Accomplishments over the last few years include:
Tune into the Bronx River Alliance Facebook @Bronx_River and Instagram @Bronx_River for regular virtual tours and workshops from the Foodway and Concrete Plant Park.
City soils can sometimes carry toxic metals like lead! Learn how to test for metals in soil and keep our community safe from contamination! Bring a sample from your garden or green space to learn the status of your soils. Attend an upcoming public soil testing event or drop off a sample at the Bronx River Alliance offices at Starlight Park. For questions or concerns, contact Foodway@bronxriver.org and 718-542-4124.
A common rose also known as Virginia rose (Rosa virginiana), this beauty fills Concrete Plant Park with a sweet perfume during the peak of summer that even the closest passerby can’t ignore. Native to North America, this rose is a friend of pollinators and humans alike. Petals can be harvested for making tea or flavoring baked goods! Visit the plant in the fall to enjoy their “hips” or seed pods packed with Vitamin C (best harvested after first frost). A reminder to take some time to stop and smell the roses or appreciate the season transitions in nature.
Deepen your roots in transforming your own ecosystem: restoring the river, making the greenway viable for wildlife, creating parks and trails, growing food, and making this accessible to all. You’ll feel more part of this land and the people (and nature) living with it.