Monthly Archives: March 2011

Busy week for Boswyck Farms!

Planting seedlings that the CDSC

This is a really exciting time for the farm! This past Sunday we had our first meeting on the roof at Bushwick Starr. The temps were too low to do any physical work, but our minds were working in overdrive, coming up with a lot of great plans for this summer’s rooftop farm. Tuesday though, was a momentous day for our friends at the CDSC. The first seeds were planted on Tuesday with everyone at the CDSC joining us and participating. New seeds will be planted every week and the first harvest of about 90 heads of lettuce should be in 6 weeks! We are starting out with the lettuce seeds, but once we feel confident that the system is working well, we will start planting bok choy and collard greens soon.

On Wednesday, we had a presentation at Borough of Manhattan Community College, sponsored by the Sustainability Club. Though a small group, the participants were really excited about what we were doing and proposed a lot of great ideas. Perhaps, heating hydroponic greenhouses with chickens could be in our future?

This Sunday will be our first real workday at the Bushwick Starr. Stay tuned for developments and pictures! Also, please contact us at if you are interested in volunteering to work on the rooftop farm or any of our other upcoming projects.

Soda Bottle Workshop at MS 217 in Queens

Engaged students learn about hyrdroponic systems

On Friday, March 25th, we packed up the van for it’s inaugural trip and headed to Queens to lead a Soda Bottle workshop at MS 217. It was their annual Family Science Night and we had the wonderful opportunity to teach the 6th graders about various hydroponic systems along with assisting the parents and their children in building their own self irrigated planting system. The kids at this green magnet school were very receptive to the projects and really enjoyed building the systems. The school provided them with basil and oregano seeds and in the next couple of weeks, they will be seeing their hydroponic systems growing delicious herbs on their windowsills!

Building a grow room at the CDSC

We’re excited to announce our new grow room at the Child Development Support Corporation in Bed-Stuy. CDSC has asked us to design and install a 250 square foot grow room designed to supply their food pantry with fresh produce year-round. We’re excited for our first Bed-Stuy partnership, and look forward to expanding to other neighborhoods that are perceived “food deserts” throughout New York City.

Lee and our team of dedicated volunteers and interns have been hard at work. As usual, we’re trying to use the construction process as a way to teach people the basics of hydroponic installation — if you spend time with us, you’ll quickly find yourself with a hammer in your hand, as you’ll see in the following video. This is a stop-motion animation of one construction day. It was a great opportunity for us to test out our brand new video camera, as well as to show you our project in process.