What speaks to you like a sunflower? There’s a cheerfulness to them that can’t be ignored—original garden kitsch, topping plastic flamingos and gnomes any day. And Brooklyn’s urban farmers know the value of those big, bright faces all too well.
“They’re a really iconic way to make people notice that you’re trying to make a change in the community,” says Deborah Greig, coordinator at East New York Farms. Along with her fellow gardeners, she’s using sunflowers to make a vacant lot just a little more friendly. —MN