Monthly Archives: June 2009

Boswyck Farms Open House June 6-7, 2009

The weekend was very exciting and a bit exhausting. Dozens and dozens of people came by to see the farm. A lot of curiosity about urban farming, hydroponics and growing year round. We will be posting some photos from the event in the next few days. There were many questions and a lot of sharing of information. People saw three different type of hydroponic setups with a fourth in the works.

  1. There are cucumbers that are doing so well that they are trying to take over some of the other systems. They are growing in a simple drip system.

    Cucumbers 6/9/09

    Cucumbers 6/9/09

  2. The basil is growing in a deep water culture system built from pvc pipe and an 18 gal storage bin.
  3. A grow room with a hybrid aeroponic/deep water culture system. There are tomatoes, eggplant and peppers growing in this system.

I will be posting more details about these systems in the near future.

There were problems with the system in the grow room over the weekend. The roots of the tomatoes have been so tenatious that they are clogging the return tubes causing the buckets to overflow. The system will need to be redesigned with larger return pipes. Probably increasing the size from 1/2″ to 1″.

Day one of Open Studios

Day one was quite busy. Even though we were only open for 4 hours there was a steady crowd. The excitement around urban farming and gardening is amazing. We have 3 different hydroponic set ups here with a forth on its way. The cucumbers are growing in a simple drip system and threatening to take over the farm. It is time to learn how to pollinate them since there are separate male and female flowers. Ideally there would be bees but since this stage is in my loft I would rather not live with bees. There is basil growing in a deep water culture system. There is a 100 sq ft grow room that is using a hybrid aeroponics and deep water culture. There are tomatoes, eggplant and sweet peppers in the grow room. There will be pictures on the blog in a few days but until then you can go to to see pictures.

We are open noon – 7 p.m. today June 7th. Come by and see the farm.

1609 Dekalb Avenue, 1D. At the Dekalb stop on the L train.

If you can’t make it the farm is open for visits by appointment. Send an email to

Boswyck Farms Open House this weekend

This weekend is Bushwick Open Studios and Boswyck Farms will be open for visits. Come and see the farm and learn about hydroponics. The farm will be open Saturday, June 6 noon – 4 p.m. and Sunday, June 7 noon – 7 p.m.

The cucumbers are attemting to take over and the tomatoes are growing strong. There is also basil, eggplant and 2 different types of peppers growing.

The address is

1609 Dekalb Avenue, 1D
The corner of Dekalb and Wyckoff
Right at the Dekalb stop on the “L” train

The cucumbers are taking over

The cucumbers are taking over

The tomatoes are growing strong and resisting their training

The tomatoes are growing strong and resisting their training