Camilla Hammer is a garden designer, urban farmer, and founder of Hammer Thyme Gardens.
Camilla's love of the plant kingdom has brought her across continents and disciplines, allowing her to collaborate with a variety of farmers, artists, educators and horticulturalists. She was first introduced to horticulture through her work on a small organic farm in southeast India, where she became fascinated with the many wonders of the horticulture. Camilla dove headfirst into the world of agriculture, working her way across a diverse array of farms in Europe and the United States in order to observe the methods of various of farming mentors.
Since returning to New York City, her love of plants has continued to grow. She has worked with a variety of organizations throughout the city to create green spaces in the urban landscape. In 2011, Camilla worked with The Battery Conservancy to create the first and largest educational urban farm in Manhattan, Battery Urban Farm. As Project Manger, Camilla lead a team of farmers and educators to develop a diverse array of programs - including a CSA, Teacher Training and Farm Education Apprenticeship - as well as school programs which taught over 5,000 students in just four years. Battery Urban Farm was named one of the top 5 urban farms in NYC, and has been featured in The New York Times, Edible Manhattan, Seedstock, The Examiner, and Project Pay It Forward among others.
Since leaving Battery Urban Farm, Camilla has her work as a garden designer and collaborator across disciplines through Hammer Thyme Gardens. Most recently she served as the Chief Garden Designer at the MoMA PS1 Rooftop Salad Garden, a collaboration with Julia Sherman of Salad For President. She has also served as a consultant for non-profits such as jill sigman/thinkdance and The Bowery Mission Rooftop Farm, among others.
During rare moments when Camilla is not in a garden, she can be found advocating for urban farming and gardening through public speaking, education and grassroots organizing. She served on the Advisory Committee for The Horticulture Society's annual Urban Agriculture Conference, as well as moderator and workshop leader, and has spoken publicly about the importance of urban agriculture across New York City.