Monthly Archives: July 2011

In Brooklyn, It’s Mad Easy Being Green

Stephanie Berzon from the Brooklyn Food Coalition stopped by in May to check out the farm and interview Lee for the blog, “It’s Mad Easy Being Green”.  She wrote a great piece about our farm, that you can check out here. This is a wonderful blog that follows the green movement in Brooklyn and the greater NYC region.  She covers a lot of the urban farms that are popping up in the region and various local foods related news that’s happening.  We love getting visitors to the farm and are fortunate that there are so many bloggers, journalists, filmmakers, and the likes, that are interested in what we are doing! Thank you Stephanie for stopping by!  We highly suggest that after reading our article, you check out the rest of her blog because there is a lot happening with the greening of our neighborhoods and she does a fantastic job of covering it!

The Point

For the last several months, Boswyck Farms has been working at The Point in the South Bronx to teach an after school program with hydroponics.  As the school year has ended, we have wrapped up our time with them, but are looking forward to partnering with this amazing organization in the future. The kids, mostly 4th and 5th graders have learned various grow systems and have built their own soda bottle systems which are currently growing fresh herbs. They learn basic botany, team work and get a chance to get their hands dirty in the coconut husk mixture we use in some of our systems. The kids also built two different types of drip systems using 5 gallon buckets and a raft system based in a Rubbermaid tote. They’ve even participated in aquaponics (although not with us).

The Point Community Development Corporation is a non-profit dedicated to youth development and the cultural and economic revitalization of the Hunts Point section of the South Bronx. Each of The Point’s programs is based on the principles of asset-based community development.  Their programs and projects embrace the belief that the residents of the South Bronx, especially the young people, have the inherent vision and ability to transform their neighborhoods.  For The Point, at-risk children and teens are not bundles of problems – they are wellsprings of solutions.

Lee with the kids at the Point