Hello,

I love you.  I just wanted to tell you that first.  I also want to sip some tea with you, in the garden, with cats on our laps.  
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My name is Pamela.  I was born and raised in the coal mines of Pennsylvania where I helped my father grow his tomato plants so high we couldn’t see out the kitchen window in the summer.  I then moved to Pittsburgh, PA to attend art school much to the confusion of all my family.  There I met a boy named Matthew who wore tall striped socks and had matching neon blue hair as me, so I fell in love with him.  We moved in together quickly and he brought his childhood cat Essy along.  I also fell in love with Essy. Shortly after finishing school, we packed up all our belongings in a U-Haul and moved from one city to the city; New York City.   We moved to Brooklyn in 2005 and we have lived here since. 

A year after we moved to New York, we got another cat, Xanadu.  Then a few years later we got another cat, FiFi Bofinkles.  Then a few days later we got our fourth cat, Brother Bear.    I’m dearly in love with our furry critter babies.   You can find me usually on the floor talking to them in baby voices or dancing with them in my arms while kissing them.  If I’m at a friend’s house you can can probably find me on their floor talking to their cat in baby voices.  I love cats.  I really love all animals.  Animal documentaries make me cry, nature is brutal – why can’t everyone get along?
Essy, Xanadu, FiFi Bofinkles, Brother
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Update: Our beloved Essy died in January 2014. She was the love of our lives.  We’ll always remember her as the Queen of our home and hearts.  I made a long post dedicated to her.

Update: In March 2014 we added a kitten to the family.  His name is Goblin and he is crazy.

Update: In July 2015 we added a beautiful Maine Coon girl to the family. Her name is Toes and she is full of love!

So yeah, we have 5 cats. They all get along.  Sort of. 
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Every summer Matthew and I talked about gardening memories that we both experienced.  We had no back yard, we had no soil to dig into, so we thought – what if we make a garden many stories up on our roof?  It started small, just a few containers, then every year later it continues to expand.  Today’s garden remains on our rooftop that many people refer to as a mini farm due to the numerous crops we grow.  We grow broccoli, cauliflower, tomatoes, peppers, beans, sugar snap peas, potatoes, pumpkins, watermelon, kale, strawberries, onions, carrots, sprouts, lettuce, soy beans, corn, cucumbers and more.  We happily spend many hours there every single week during the growing season getting our hands (and nails) dirty.  

weekly harvest with cats

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So that’s how Brooklyn Farm Girl began.  I wanted to share with others my experience of living in a big city but has that itch sometimes for a small town life.

Love,
Pamela
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Things to know:

While I write this Xanadu (who is a crazy Siamese cat) is snuggled on my lap.

My nickname is Meowza.

I am a obsessive tea drinker.  Visiting Twinings in London was one of the most memorable moments of my life.

My dream vacation is Tokyo. And Galapagos.  And Antarctica. 

I work as an artist with my creative partner and love, Matthew. We direct crazy, colorful, fun films!   Some people say we were one of the first people to do fashion gifs
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I have had blue hair for many years in my past. I miss it dearly. I’m back to blue! I’m gray! I’m back to blue! I have black hair now.

I also really love gray hair.  Go gray girls!

I love Disney World.  I cried the first time I went there.   Yes, I have Disney luggage. 
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I went to Disney World for my birthday and Halloween in 2014 and it was the happiest time.  We dressed up as clowns and went trick or treating in the Magic Kingdom. 
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My nails are often chipped. And sparkly. 

I’m the Northeast Gardeniere for Home Depot & Miracle Gro.

I love anything cute with a face.   After I saw this pizza I immediately hugged it and then bought it.

How much do we love cute things? This is our house.
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I have a special place in my heart for bears.

I love rainbow sprinkles!
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I’m obsessed with holidays.  We go all out for Halloween and Christmas.

I love basketball.  We are season ticket holders for the Brooklyn Nets.
First Brooklyn Nets game this season! #basketball #brooklyn

We are big Cavs fans. Matthew if from Cleveland so the love runs deep.  We went to the  NBA Finals in Cleveland the last 2 years.  
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My other favorite part of basketball games is the delicious cake they sell. 

I plan for tomato harvests and spend all day in the kitchen making sauces to last all year long.

Mayo really grosses me out. 

I sing and dance to our plants, I feel like it makes them happier.
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The garden at sunset makes me a happy girl.

I love flashy sneakers, cat print clothes and smiley faces on sweaters.  Sometime I wear them all at the same time.

We like waffles.  

I love snowmen.
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I love pizza.
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We have a very large collection of stuffed animals which might appear from time to time in posts. It might weird you out but that’s totally okay.

I can’t wear lipstick without feeling silly.

I would love to cook you dinner.
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I learned how to ride a bicycle in my 20’s.

I’m scared to ride a bicycle in NYC.

I wear long dresses so I can hide my cats under them.
You want to know why I wear long dresses and skirts so much? It's because I can hide my cats under them. #catlady #goblin #cats #cat #persiancat #Persian #fluffy #fluffball #kitten #furry #catsofinstagram #greycat #dress #style #siamese

I made a Hello Kitty costume for Halloween that made people on the streets stop and ask me for hugs.

Everytime I go to Target for one item, I end up buying 16 things.

I love Target.

I love farms. I will help you on your farm if you ask me, but only if you let me talk to every single one of your animals. I will love them all dearly.

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No seriously, I will love all your animals.  You will have to pull me away from them. 
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In 2016 we started our own Upstate New York farm!  You can read more about it here. 

Don’t let me around holiday themed Oreo Cookies.

Or donuts.
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I am most excited when we grow pumpkins.
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 This is my dance I do when we spot pumpkins.
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My dad is one of my best friends.

When I was a child I made everyone on my street play BINGO with me.   I had my own BINGO set.

I use a PC.

Matthew and I were together for nearly 10 years before getting married at City Hall.
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I love sushi.

I really love cats.
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My bookmarks folder for recipes to try is out of hand to the point I can’t find anything.

I will hold the door open for you.

My vacuum is a robot named Blinky.

I sleep with a eye mask on.  Until a cat takes it off me. 

I love county fairs, especially the food.

Goodbye for now.  Power to girls.
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And Happy Gardening!
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Thank you,
Pamela and Matthew (site owners of Brooklyn Farm Girl)

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  • I love your story! I love cats and would have as many as you but my husband is allergic. It’s okay (he’s worth it!), because I’ve had cats all my life, and when I need cat hugs, I go to my daughter’s house or my best friend’s. They are just lovely creatures, every last one of them! And I love your roof top garden, what an inspiration! Wow! I have only a deck as well, in a foggy town on the coast of California, but I’ve done some container gardening as well…it’s just a wonderful thing. Love all your energy and enthusiasm!

  • What a fabulous garden…on the ROOF! Totally awesome! I have a -pretty big- yard compared to no yard, but the soil is rocky and not very deep and I always wonder if I could have a real garden out of containers….looks like its possible! Thanks for the inspiration, looking forward to trying your recipe and reading more!

    • Hey Estelle, it’s 100% possible! We grow hundreds of pounds of vegetables (sometimes even more) just in containers, so you can do it too! Let me know how the garden progress is going! πŸ™‚

  • Oh my gosh, I love you. I want to be your friend and build a flower garden with you. My best (non-living) friends are a giant stuffed rabbit (BunBun) and a humongous bear named (BearBear). My son is so creative with names. I live in CT but grew up in upstate New York. My great Grandfather had the biggest, most amazing garden. I spent my summers pulling up carrots, podding peas, canning beats and freezing corn. And oh the weeding. And I could go on and on about the berries. Would love to have that conversation over tea with our favorite stuffed animals and furry pets. (We only have a turtle now but we are on the hunt for a Bernedoodle puppy 🀞🏻).

    Love and peace!
    Melissa

    • Your comment made my day Melissa! Thank you! So happy to see here, with BunBun and BearBear! We have a bear too, his name is Mr. Bear. And our bunny is Pink Bunny! We’re very creative with names too, hah. Love hearing about where your family is from and your garden growing up. Best wishes and stay in touch! πŸ™‚

  • I’m so very, very happy your blog popped up when I was looking for a recipe. You are absolutely adorable, talented and entertaining. We have two cats Ninja and Blondie. They either love or hate each other. We have two dogs George and Gracie who love each other but they don’t want to admit it. I call them cat people and dog people. I talk to them like they are people. I make up songs that I sing for them. I love to bake. I married the man of my dreams who turned out to be better than my dreams. I live in Dallas, Texas and I have a garden that is full of drought and heat tolerant plants which means lots of green with some blooming plants, lots of herbs and a huge fountain that the birds, squirrels, dogs and other creatures enjoy. Thank you again for your blog.

  • I just posted a comment on your recipe for monkey bread, and then decided to try to find out how to get your e-mail updates and I have been reading your (about me )section. You are ADORABLE, and your husband resembles my step son so much. I just had such a great break from my chores looking at your cute cat pictures and you have the most wonderful clothes sense and I love that you love animals and farming and all that. I grew up on a farm in Alberta Canada and miss it terribly, although where I live now is quite beautiful, but different! I wish you so much happiness and I know you must be doing what you love, because it shows! Thankyou!

  • Love you guys, and your cats. . . . . such pure joy is liberating! thank you……. downsizing and looking into shipping container homes and saw your blog. Very detailed and informative. . . please keep me posted as you update your blog. Would like to share it with friends but am a bit of a Luddite πŸ™‚ And thats not all bad as much prefer analog to dots and dashes (digital).

    Best to you both . . I have two black standard poodles, Blu & Grace; half brothers.

    Be well,
    Doug

  • Hi Pamela,
    Greetings from Goolwa in South Australia – you might need a very big map.
    Anyway, your recipe for the cheesy hamburger casserole has popped up,on my FB – the wonders of technological serendipity!
    It looks great – except I might make my own mushroom soup/stock.
    One question though – when your recipe says 1 tbs of beef bouillon, are you talking the real thing, or beef bouillon powder?
    We both have English as our native language, but sometimes things get lost in translation!
    Cheers
    Derek Mitchell.

  • Hi Pamela! You are so friendly I feel like I know you! Kudos to your garden in the city! My hubby and I have a house in Ct after living in midtown for years. Alas nothing can keep us away because now, 9 years later, we have an apartment in Queens again AND the house! My garden is at the house and all the pleasures of the city in Queens (We both work in Manhattan). I love how it is so doable to have what you want! Just wanted to stop by and say hi so, hi!! I hope all is well with you and Matthew <3. P.S. I'm a kitty girl too.

  • Hailing from Brooklyn as well, you just got a new subscriber! Very cool that you have a roof top garden in this urban jungle πŸ™‚

  • Hey Pamela. I love your teaswap image and I wonder if I might use it. I’m running a Tea Amnesty in Oxford in May to raise money for the Disaster Emergency Comittee Appeal for Yemen and East Africa.

    Would credit you of course. But wanted to ask.

    Love the site : )

    James

  • I was looking for a cake recipe for my 23 year old son (had to be a funfetti recipe) and landed on your funfetti brownie recipe. I adored your personality so much that I had to seek out your blog and it made my day reading about your life. I must say, however, I’m probably your exact personality opposite in life and for that reason feel you are even more fantastic to behold. Many blessings to you from CO…

    • Hey Liz, thanks for the extra nice comment – it made my day. Hope you guys enjoy the funfetti brownies! Have a great day! πŸ™‚

  • I feel like I just made a new friend!! Thank You!! You are getting the most out of life and having fun!! So nice to see in young people, keep spreading the whimsy!!!!

  • Pamela, I scoured tastespotting today for a black bean brownie recipe. After nixing six different recipes, I clicked yours, and was grateful for the refreshing simplicity and lack of “fluff” in description steps. It was my first time making a black bean dessert after gagging at the thought initially. Let’s just say I’m a believer now…after ONE time making it without strict measuring. Your recipe was superb for someone like me who likes to add and remove a little here and there, personalize the specifics…ya know?! Thank you for being the one who christened me into the beanside. πŸ˜‰

    • That makes me so happy to hear that you enjoyed my black bean brownies recipe (it’s one of my favorites, I love how fudgy they are!). Enjoy your walk on the wild beanside! πŸ˜‰

  • You girl, are fabulous. Thank you for your honesty, it is so refreshing. You have been an inspiration to me, the ‘urban farm girl’ in Denver.

  • I loved reading all about you. I love so many of the same things. Your garden is amazing. I try, but I fail every time at gardening. I think it’s because I get busy with other things and forget. You have inspired me. I love your apartment. I love all the cute stuff and food with faces! I LOVE pizza! I’m going to follow you on Pinterest and twitter. πŸ™‚ xoxoxo

    • Hey Laura, thanks for the super nice comment! Food with faces = amazing forever! Pizza = also amazing forever! Gardening is a full time job. In the summer and the roof gets so dry (hot hot hot!) that we have to keep up with it fairly often or it’ll start to die. Even on those lazy nights where I just want to snuggle with the cats, it’s time to spend an hour walking around the containers watering! It’s hard being a garden mama. Say hello more often! πŸ™‚

  • You are certainly a unique individual and I respect you for that. I have never know anyone who lived in New York City or Brooklyn. I admire your spirit and love that your roof is your garden. Keep it up. We need more like you.

  • Thank you for writing such a nice article about my daughter Crista’s ice cream company Phin&Phebes. I know Crista and Jess both appreciate it.
    Pamela Freeman (Crista’s southern mom, formerly and Air Force brat who lived in a lot of states.

  • Hi Pamela,

    I am so glad I found your blog and can’t wait to make your stuffed pepper casserole it looks yummy. I love to make stuffed peppers and stuffed tomatoes in summer and your recipe combines them both into one perfect meal. Love your roof top garden it looks like heaven on earth. We love cats and have three of them πŸ™‚ Sending hugs.

    • Hey Gina, thanks for the lovely comment, it made my day! Right now my husband is obsesed with the stuffed pepper casserole so it becomes a Summer regular. I hope you enjoy it! Send some chin rubs to your kitties. πŸ™‚

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