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You knew he made hot sauce but did you know he was a master of salsa? Until now he’s kept his salsa-skills a secret, only gracing the lucky few with some of the best batches of salsa Brooklyn has ever seen. Ben Flanner, president of Brooklyn Grange, knows a thing or two about heat and he's ready to share his salsa with you!
In this two-hour, hands on workshop we'll start with a quick harvest of tomatoes and peppers and a few other ingredients from our rooftop farm and then move into production mode. You'll learn what goes into each batch, how to determine heat levels, and how to make a salsa that will leave your chip bowl empty before you know it (it's a good problem to have, we promise)! We'll also talk about the differences between green and red sauces, fresh and cooked salsas, how to consider the flavor profiles of your ingredients when putting together your sauce and where to source the best tortilla chips in NYC.
About Ben Flanner
Ben Flanner is the Director of Agriculture, President, and co-founder of Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm. He is widely considered a pioneer for his groundbreaking model, which adapts existing green roof technology to intensively cultivate vegetables, beginning with Eagle Street Rooftop Farm, a pilot project on a 6,000 square foot Brooklyn roof, which Ben co-founded in 2009. A year later, in 2010, Ben and his partners scaled up the model and, in 2010, launched Brooklyn Grange, a commercial-scale urban farming business, eventually expanding to 2.5 acres spanning two roofs. As Director of Agriculture, Ben directs all agricultural endeavors on the farm; as President, he brings his system optimization background to bear, making sure the business remains as fiscally sound as it is ecologically healthy.
When he’s not meeting with soil scientists to develop a better growing mix or tinkering with a fussy irrigation pump, Ben can be found whipping up a batch of his homemade bitters, or lacto-fermenting whatever is in season at his Crown Heights, Brooklyn apartment.
This workshop will take place at our Brooklyn farm, located on the roof of Building 3 in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Detailed directions can be found by following the link below.
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