Everyone wants to know about the rats. "You grow food in New York City? But what about the rats? Doesn't your garden attract rodents? Don't they eat your food?" When I first told my new neighbor that I planned on having a garden in the summer, this was his immediate reaction. Since his backyard is connected to mine, I absolutely understand his concern and appreciate that my garden can affect his yard, too.
A farm or garden anywhere--heck, a simple yard anywhere-- is going to have natural pests, whether it's deer out in the country or feral cats here in the city. So my short answer is, yes, there are rats sometimes, but no more than any other Brooklyn yard with or without a garden. The important thing is to garden responsibly so you don't attract more rats. Here are some tips to keep in mind: