In 2012, we worked with the Boys and Girls High School to create two hydroponic systems for their science lab: a project we called the ClassFarm. Boys and Girls High School is the oldest high school in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, currently serving over 900 9th through 12th grade students.
The ClassFarm is a conversion of the existing lab space into a productive grow room. It’s comprised of one NFT system and one Bucket system. These systems are being integrated into the science curriculum at Boys and Girls, providing a hands-on way to learn valuable skills in biology, chemistry, physics, botany, horticulture, math, and writing. Alongside the ClassFarm design and construction, Boswyck Farms staff also provided customized hydroponic training for teachers and faculty at the Boys and Girls School. Produce grown in the Boys and Girls ClassFarm is being used to supplement a student nutrition program.
This project was funded by the NYC Department of Education.