What are you doing this Columbus Day? Come by for a potluck lunch at our Bushwick Starr rooftop farm! We’ll be hosting NYC teachers (K – 12, public, private, and parochial) from 12 – 2 PM for a special presentation on hydroponics in the classroom. Plus we’ll have farmers on hand to answer your questions, printed materials to take away, and a great crowd of colleagues to chat with.
We’ve been thrilled to work with the folks over at Wyckoff Farmhouse, the oldest building in Brooklyn, to install a new hydroponic project. We’ve partnered with Sustainable Flatbush on the solar capacity. This is our first project that will be run off solar power, and we’re really excited to see how things shape up.
For now here’s a photo of the build in process (and one of our van loaded to the greatest capacity yet!), but we’ll keep you posted with more. We already got a shout out in Edible Brooklyn for this work, so we’re pretty psyched.
Public radio fans (and others), we have an exciting announcement to share with you. Last Friday, Lee was on Leonard Lopate’s Food Fridays, talking about Boswyck Farms and the benefits of hydroponics. This is a major dream come true for us — we love the Lopate show and all things WNYC. Have a listen!
Our partners at Los Sures (Southside United HDFC) had an amazing harvest the other day, and we were happy to count staff from the United Way and the New York State Department of Health in attendance. We’d say more, but if a photo is worth 1,000 words, then a video is worth even more. So just watch what happened below!
Happy to announce that we have an upcoming New & Improved 5-Gallon Bucket Workshop on Saturday, April 6th from 11 AM – 1 PM. This workshop is a perfect introduction to basic hydroponics appropriate for any space: your home, your work, your rooftop or garden, or whatever else you may have available. For more information, and to sign up, check out our workshops page. We hope to see you there!
We seek a motivated intern who is comfortable working both independently and cooperatively, not put off some of the less nice aspects of farming (decaying plant matter, insects, bee stings, and rain), good with following directions, and always on time. No previous hydroponic experience is required, but we are hoping to work with interns who have a demonstrated interest in the sciences, food justice, and agriculture.
The intern’s duties will focus on general farm maintenance (at both indoor and outdoor sites), including plant care and insect control, crop harvesting and distribution, and data collection. Other tasks may include assisting Boswyck Farms staff during the construction of hydroponic systems for clients, and helping to set-up and teach workshops for farmers of all ages. It is also sometimes possible for interns to conduct their own research projects using Boswyck Farms’ facilities. If this is of interest to you, please let us know.
To apply, please email Chloë Bass, Communications & Outreach Specialist: firstname.lastname@example.org. Include a cover letter detailing your interest in the internship and summer availability, and an up-to-date resumé or CV that highlights relevant previous work experience. Please also let us know if you have a cat allergy, as we have a wonderful cat at our main research and development site.
This position is unpaid. However, we are happy to arrange for academic credit where possible. Please ask your college for more information about summer internships for credit.
We just got a great write-up about our work with Birch Family Services, an amazing non-profit dedicated to providing life skills to people with developmental disabilities. We started working with Alex and Michael through Birch’s Transitional Work Program, and we’ve been completely blown away by their skill as farmers and their dedication to the tasks at hand.
This is particularly important for us as we try to find new ways to show that farming is a truly holistic activity: it provides food for the body and physical exercise, as well as therapeutic practices (both physical and emotional!). Not only that, but it can be a hands-on way to learn a crucial package of skills: timeliness, attention to detail, and collaboration.