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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

Bushwick Open Studios – Sat., 6/4 & Sun., 6/5

We are busy on the roof at the Bushwick Starr this week getting ready for Bushwack and Buswick Open Studios!  The Bushwhack Series is a performance festival devoted to the development of new work within the neighborhood of Bushwick. Performances are Thursday – Sunday at 8 pm.  Also, Bushwick Open Studios is Saturday and Sunday from 12-6 pm. The Open Studios is a community event that showcases local artists, visionaries and businesses in the neighborhood, and is a great social event in Bushwick! We will be on the roof all weekend with our systems up and running. Stop by and see what we have growing, grab some refreshments and have a chat with us!  See you next weekend!

First Harvest at the CDSC – Tues, 5/24

The Child Development Support Corporation will be proudly harvesting the first heads of lettuce at 1 pm on Tuesday, May 24th.  It’s so exciting that after many months of planning, construction and getting all the last minute glitches worked out, that all of the hard work put in by our crew, CDSC’s staff and countless volunteers and interns, has paid off! The normal harvest days will be on Wednesdays after this week, so that the greens will be at their freshest for the Thursday food pantry. The first harvest will be an heirloom variety of lettuce, but soon we will also be growing collard greens and bok choy. Our mission, as a company, is to decrease the amount of food deserts in NYC and help make fresh foods more available to people of all income levels.  We are very grateful for the opportunity to work with the CDSC to provide fresh, organic greens to a portion of the Bed-Stuy community.  We will be bringing more updates on these systems in the future, so check back in!
Lettuce growing at the CDSC

Big Green Theater – 4/22 & 4/23 (Gala)

This weekend is the premier of the Big Green Theater at the Bushwick Starr.  We will be at the BGT Benefit Event on Saturday, enjoying some great theater! If you haven’t already bought your tickets to the event, we strongly encourage that you buy them in advance. The Benefit Event will have drinks, refreshments and a dj providing some great tunes, and most of all, you can step out onto the roof top for the second season unveiling of the roof top farm! We will be there all day today, working hard to get the system up and running, excited to get growing season off to a great start!

See you this weekend!

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Building a Rooftop Farm

Time lapse of the Bushwick Starr rooftop farm construction

Construction is well under way on the roof at Bushwick Starr.  The first systems will go online this week in time for the Big Green Theater Event Friday, April 22nd and Saturday, April 23rd.  We will be at BGT Benefit Event on Saturday to commemorate the theater event and kick off the beginning of the growing season. In the above video, you can see the beginning of our trellis, which will hold the tomatoes, cucumbers and other vine plants in a canopy of greenery and deliciousness.  We will be growing a lot of delicious produce, including a small fruit tree, a large variety of peppers, herbs, tomatoes and so many more, in various  hydroponic systems on the roof!  We are always looking for volunteers. If interested, please contact Boswyck Farms at events@nullboswyckfarms.org.

Keep following for updates on the farm!

Happy Growing!

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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 info@nullboswyckfarms.org if you are interested in volunteering to work on the rooftop farm or any of our other upcoming projects.

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.
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We’re on HuffPo!

Last week, Boswyck Farms was featured in a video segment on the Huffington Post for our work with Fountain House. You can learn more about Fountain House as an organization, see Lee in action, and get a glimpse of the system that we’ve been building and teaching the Fountain House residents to maintain.

This has been a great project for everyone involved, and just the beginning of our long relationship helping social service providers bring healthy food and nurturing space to the populations they serve.