The spark for partnership with United Cerebral Palsy of New York City was ignited when a group of UCP clients visited the hydroponic farm at CDSC. The trip was a great success, UCP clients helped rotate plants and harvest heads of greens. This event opened the door for designing and building hydroponic systems that complement therapeutic programming.
In January 2012, Boswyck Farms started to design a hydroponic system tailored for UCP clients with a range of disabilities, consulting with UCP to customize the system to fit their needs. Many people at UCP use wheelchairs, making it difficult for them to go directly up to the bed to plant, harvest, or maintain. The system designed for UCP was built specifically to make it possible for a wheelchair to fit below the grow bed, allowing an individual to easily access and tend the plants.
The construction of the grow bed was done at Boswyck Farms, which was then transported to UCP and put together on site. We are looking forward to building additional systems at UCP facilities throughout the city and expanding the possibilities of urban agriculture as a means for therapy.