When we last left our New York City taxi farmers - the car service drivers who plant “crops” in vacant patches of land around the Bronx – they were gamely waiting for their urban garden to grow, even as they waited for calls from the dispatcher.
Well, it’s been a tough harvest in the city, as it has been for farmers everywhere. Last year, as we reported, it was the torrential rains. This year, it’s been the withering heat. Our intrepid drivers lost their first planting, but they didn’t lose heart.
Like true tillers of the soil, they planted a late round of corn and beans
. The weather has been kind, and they’re quite optimistic that by Indian summer they’ll again be feasting on their communal effort, deep in the wilds of New York City. Alas, we’ve discovered that Hurricane Irene hit the new crop pretty hard, tearing squash and grape plants out of the ground and covering it with debris; only the corn remains. One taxi farmer took a philosophical view and said simply: “It’s nature. You can’t fight her”
We hope to see the taxi farmers plant again next spring.