This is a two part project. The first is the main grow room. We are wrapping this up, we are getting the rest of the beds on line and handing it off to them. The lettuce beds are producing about 40-60 heads a week, providing the freshest greens for their salad bar.
The second part is in the development stages as of now. It will be a larger grow room in the basement and will be used to grow produce like tomatoes and peppers, among others. We are currently drawing up plans for this and hope to get started in the coming months.
This project is in major construction and will be going online soon! Working with volunteers, including some local student interns, we built a large system, which consists of three, double tiered, 60 ft long bases, which will be growing lettuce, bok choy, and collard greens. Every week, the families who come to the food pantry at the CDSC, will get heaping bag of greens at their freshest.
We will be returning for a second year to continue the roof top garden at the Bushwick Starr. We learned a lot from experimenting last year and look forward to designing a system this year that will provide the most optimal harvest. Construction is under way!
The Green Wall Project
Every Wednesday, two City College students work with us to develop an affordable, low maintenance hydroponic system using milk crates.
Randall’s Island Vertical Wall Project
Working with two architects on a prototype of a modular system for putting green walls on the outside of buildings.
Academy for Urban Planning
We are helping create a new science curriculum which includes lessons of hydroponic agriculture for a 10th grade class at a local Bushwick high school.
While working on these projects, we also are maintaining our farm and constantly experimenting with new growing systems and trying different vegetables. We are also looking for a new home for our farm that provides more space and to eventually expand into a store front as well.