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Goats May Roam in Clover Field That Has Sprouted in DUMBO Lot

By Janet Upadhye | June 9, 2014 2:58pm
 John Street Pasture is a temporary field of crimson clover at 1 John St. in DUMBO.
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DUMBO — A giant clover pasture has sprouted in DUMBO — and goats may be roaming there soon as well.

Local artist Andrea Reynosa turned a rat-infested, neglected lot that was once owned by Con Edison into field of green clover that will "blush crimson" during the summer.

In mid July, Reynosa said she plans to bring goats to the 6,000 square foot pasture at 1 John St., to eat the clover in order to make way for condos. George Tsiatis, the spokesman for the project, said the goats were not confirmed.

The artist, who has a view of the lot from her DUMBO loft since the mid-90s, decided to bring it new life before construction begins on a 42-condo development in late summer, according to her website.

She partnered with Smack Mellon art gallery, of which she is a founding member, to envision the "living art instillation," named John Street Pasture, that was approved by lot owner and developer, Alloy, last fall.

Urban farmers at the Navy Yard's Brooklyn Grange helped to plant crimson clover seeds in late March and the pasture is currently in bloom and open to the public.

"It was a great marriage of all of our views, including the developer, of what we wanted to do with the lot," Reynosa said. "The result is very simple and sparks a conversation about land use and sustainable agriculture in a transitioning city."

And as the weather warms the green pasture will become more visibly red.

"It will blush crimson," Reynosa said.

The clover also serves to nitrogenize the soil — enriching it with nutrients. Brooklyn Bridge Park, which donated the earth, will then reuse it in new parkland at John and Main Streets when the installation is removed, according to the park.

Alloy and Brooklyn Grange did not immediately respond to a request for comment.