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#NewsFlash | Queens Farm Re-opens, Unveils Art Installation
Opening Day isn’t just for baseball anymore.
On Aug. 2, Queens County Farm Museum will welcome the public for the first time since closing due to COVID-19 in March. Visitors will be able to explore the planting fields, feed the goats, meet the farmers, take a hayride, and shop. Plus, the Glen Oaks property will display it first-ever site-specific installation, “Cover Crop,” on the same day.
Created by borough native Aaron Asis with support from Queens Council of the Arts, “Cover Crop” consists of a half acre of criss-crossing paths which allow visitors to pass through a field of buckwheat, rye, and sweet peas. (Don’t worry, Governor Cuomo, parallel paths allow them to walk side-by-side while maintaining appropriate distance.)
The goal is to immerse patrons with plants and pollinators and spur conversations about agriculture, flora, and sustainability. It’s also a nice way to get away from New York City’s hustle, bustle, heat, and humidity.
“Cover Crop” will be open to the public daily from 10 am to 5 pm until Aug. 9.
Through his art, Asis strives to activate underutilized urban spaces and connect individuals to their cities. He specializes in civic projects, installations, and photographs and he works closely with Character Connection, City as Living Laboratory, Mary Miss, People for the Pavilion, and Untapped Cities.
“Wandering through ‘Cover Crop’ is an unexpectedly calming, peaceful, and meditative experience,” he stated. “It is more important than ever before to create new ways to stay connected, support each other, and share safe, meaningful, and inspiring human experiences.”
Spread out on 47 acres with an entrance at 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy., Queens Farm is one of the longest continually farmed sites in New York State, dating back to 1697. It’s the Big Apple’s only working, undisturbed homestead with livestock, heavy machinery, planting fields, and a vineyard.
It’s also the site of the Grown on LI Farmers Market, which will be open on Aug. 2 from 10 am to 3 pm.
Images: Aaron Asis/Untapped New York