Union Square Grassman

Established in the year 1994, Union Square Grassman is owned and operated by Stewart Borowsky. This eco-friendly business sells wheatgrass, micro-greens and sprouts out of a refurbished school bus at the Union Square Greenmarket all year round. These images capture, visually, a day in the life of an urban agricultural entrepreneur.

Photographs and captions by Max Posner.

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Stewart Borowsky measures seeds for germination at his farm in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Stewart’s day begins at 5am.

 

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Stewart soaks wheatgrass and micro-green seeds in the workbox shipping container at his farm in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. The seeds need anywhere between a couple of hours to a few days to soak and germinate.
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Stewart waters wheatgrass in a climate-controlled shipping container grow-rooms at his farm in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.
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Wheatgrass sits on shelves at various stages of development in one of the grow-rooms at the Union Square Grassman farm. Wheatgrass takes less than a week to progress.
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Stewart pulls trays of wheatgrass for transport to his school bus before traveling to the Union Square Greenmarket.
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Stewart Borowsky transports wheatgrass from one of the grow-rooms at his farm in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.
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Stewart checks the supply of wheatgrass and micro-greens before he heads to the market.
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Stewart departs to the Union Square Greenmarket to set up by 8 am. 
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Stewart pulls wheatgrass and micro-greens from the school bus during setup at the Union Square Greenmarket. Aside from a few part time employees to help at market and the farm, Stewart has run Union Square Grassman on his own since its inception.
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Stewart cuts and bags fresh sunflower micro-greens for sale at the Union Square Greenmarket.
Stewart juices wheatgrass for sale at the Union Square Greenmarket.
Stewart juices wheatgrass for sale.
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Stewart waits for visitors to buy wheatgrass and micro-greens. Stewart has been vending at the Union Square Greenmarket since 1994.

 

 

Max Posner is from Richmond, Virginia and is a student in the Documentary Practice and Visual Journalism Program at the International Center of Photography.

Follow Max Posner’s work on Instagram @maxwellives

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