Wyckoff Farmhouse: old building, new project.

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.

Bushwick Open Studios

Hello to everyone visiting us this weekend for Bushwick Open Studios! We just wanted to leave you a note to say we are at the Bushwick Starr, not at the loft space. Join us at 207 Starr Street.

Lee was on Leonard Lopate!

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!

Spring means lots of farming.

 

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!

Seeking summer (college) interns!

Spend your summer farming!

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: chloe@nullboswyckfarms.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.

Farming skills = life skills.

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.

Thanks to Birch Family Services for working with us! Read all about what we’ve been doing together.

WEGO Health Awards

We’ve been nominated for a WEGO Health Activist award in the Unsung Heroes catego

Health Activists inspire us every day with their commitment to online health communities. Let’s celebrate their accomplishments and recognize their contributions. The Health Activist Awards honor the leaders who made a real difference in how we think about healthcare and living well in 2012.

Hurricane Sandy Aftermath & Helping NYC

The day before Hurricane Sandy, Lee harvested over 35 pounds of produce from the Bushwick Starr rooftop. We shared it with our friends and neighbors.

We’re glad we got all of that good stuff, because after the storm, we came back to this.

And this, really, is nothing. Our farm and neighborhood were not hit hard by the storm, which devastated many New York neighborhoods as well as places up and down the East Coast and as far south as Cuba. Our thoughts are particularly with Added Value, an amazing farm in Red Hook. Red Hook is one of the neighborhoods that was worst hit.

If you are looking to help New Yorkers this week, please visit NYC Service, a terrific 311 site for volunteering. There are a lot of needs, even as power is coming back on and hot water is more readily available. It will take a long time to recover. We feel very blessed that we sustained so little damage.

You can see a full Hurricane Sandy aftermath photoset on our Photobucket. We also have a video showing the damage on YouTube.

Intern Profile: Chelsea Dow!

We’ve been meaning to do a series of intern profiles for a while, and now we’re finally getting around to it. We’ve worked with some amazing interns over the years — they really do keep our business running. We’re excited to introduce you to the current crop (forgive the pun). First up, meet Chelsea, our college intern from Pace University.

Name: Chelsea Dow
Age: 20 years old
School: Pace University
What brought you to Boswyck Farms?
I came to Boswyck Farms for my interest in sustainable agriculture and interest in supporting local farms/produce.
What have you learned so far from working with us?
I have already learned so much from working at the farm. After only a month I understand the basic steps towards creating and manufacturing a hydroponic system, and also the benefits it poses.
What are the surprising things about your internship?
I was surprised to learn about the false information people have been told about hydroponics. After working on the farm, I have had multiple people ask me if plants grown in a hydroponic system are not as flavorful as there soil grown counterparts. Hydroponic growing does not change the taste of any plant!
What do you want to do with your new urban farming knowledge?
Working at Boswyck Farms will greatly benefit me in the future. I want to take the knowledge gained from my internship and use it both for personal and educational purposes. For myself, I want to have a hydroponic system in my own space. After graduation I would also like to WOOF (world organization of organic farmers) and the knowledge from this internship would greatly improve my farming techniques.