You’re invited to our Grand Re-Opening event! September 29th, from 6 – 9 PM, join us on our rooftop to celebrate our new Astoria space. We can’t wait to see you. Share the invitation far and wide! All are welcome.
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.
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!
Despite the rainy weather, we had really great attendance at our Open House and Harvest Party last Sunday at the Bushwick Starr. We were glad to meet lots of interesting people with widely varying knowledge of hydroponics: from the newbies to the experts, we love to show off our stuff! It’s always good to test what we know by teaching others, and to get pointers from the pros.
Visitors included a representative from Community Board 4 (our local community board in Bushwick), and members of Concrete Green, a worker-owned cooperative based in the Bronx that “customizes green infrastructure & products for our clients and community to improve local living conditions and address climate change.”
Anne made some delicious snacks from our our rooftop-grown produce, including lettuce roll-ups, massaged kale salad, cucumber/cherry tomato salad, and a mixed green salad made from lettuce, dandelion greens, sorrel, watercress, curly cress, and purple basil. Yum! You can email her for recipes. And if you’re still interested in getting a tour of the rooftop, it’s not too late. Ask Alex M. for an appointment. We don’t know how much longer our outdoor growing season will last, so come by soon!
We had an excellent time last weekend at Arts in Bushwick’s 2012 Bushwick Open Studios. We opened up our rooftop farm at the Bushwick Starr for anyone in need of a cool, green haven in the midst of the surrounding art madness. People seemed to appreciate the space for its amazing sense of calm, and they were also excited to see the possibilities for what you can grow in seemingly non-traditional places! Of course it didn’t hurt that all the plants are doing incredibly well. There was red lettuce for nibbling, and we’re really looking forward to the tomatoes, squashes, melons, and greens . . .
Deborah Soffel wrote a great little piece for her blog, Grapes and Greens, about visiting us this weekend and we’re excited to share it with you now. Scroll down for the farm details, but check out that amazing kitchen design in the process. We want one of those for our farm-to-table celebrations!
Thanks for sharing this with us, Deborah. Come by for a visit any time.
Last week we enjoyed cupcakes and music with the consumers at United Cerebral Palsy Day Habilitation 5, where we recently installed a brand-new hydroponic grow room. The systems installed are fully accessible to consumers at almost any level of physical disability, which we find really exciting. They grow 57 heads of lettuce and incubate 57 seedlings at a time.
The ribbon was cut by Lee and a consumer from UCP, after a speech by Program Director Melissa Shields. We were also proud to hear a speech from our own Alex Middleton, who has been working with UCP consumers on an ongoing basis.
All attendees at the event were invited to enter a raffle. The prizes? Free lettuce from our systems, and soda bottle planters to take home. For more photos of this fun event, check out our slideshow here.
Last Saturday, Feb. 25th, Boswyck Farms and partner Ecostation cut the ribbon on a new greenhouse at Bushwick Campus High School.
The greenhouse will serve as a classroom and season extension for their already impressive farming program. It currently features three hydroponics systems designed by Boswyck Farms – including an NFT (Nutrient Film Technique) system for leafy greens, an NFT system for peppers, and an aquaponics system which will be holding lots of tilapia in the near future!
We’d like to especially thank Chrissy’s Cooking Club, who worked with students to supply food for the party, and all who donated to the Greenhouse Kickstarter campaign. We couldn’t have made it happen without your support!
The event was well-attended — lots of people from the Bushwick neighborhood as well as visitors from further afield.
Chloe, Boswyck Farms’ Communications & Outreach Specialist explains, “It was great to give greenhouse tours and explain the full range of programming that’s going to happen in the space. We also had delicious snacks cooked by high school members of Chrissy’s Cooking Club, and were visited by two tv stations: Brooklyn Channel 12 and BCAT“.