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Spring means lots of farming.


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!

Become a Certified Hydroponicist (or Trained Teacher) with us!

Are you as excited about hydroponics as we are? Want to try your hand at the trade? Now you can!

Here at Boswyck Farms, our motto is “Design, Build, Teach, Play” — meaning that not only are these things that we love to do on our work sites and in our office, but these are things we want to do with you. Introducing the brand new, fresh out the gate Boswyck Farms Hydroponic Certification and Teacher Training programs. We’ll design, build, teach, and play alongside you, teaching and testing important skills until you’re ready to start a farm of your own.

These courses are great for anyone looking to start a farm, bring hydroponics to their classroom or agency, or just for someone looking to add another professional development notch to his or her belt. In just a few short sessions (8 for the Certification program, 4 for Teacher Training), we’ll get you on your feet with some basics through hands-on activities and practical applications.

What are you waiting for? Sign up today! Online registration is now open.


Workshop at the Horticultural Society

Boswyck Farms had a blast this past Wednesday, the 22nd, at the Horticultural Society of New York giving our “Intro to Hydroponics” lecture, followed up by our famous soda bottle workshop.


We had a great group of 15 students who had varying levels of experience with hydroponics. Some had never seen a system, and this workshop was their first real exposure to what hydroponics is all about. Others in the class had not only seen a setup before, but maintained their own hydroponics and aquaponics system in the past (something Boswyck Farms will also be venturing into in the near future).

Our lectures and workshops are geared towards anyone who is interested- regardless of experience level, and all the students had a great time learning from us and each other, asking questions and getting hands-on experience building their own mini-hydroponic system.

Our next workshop will be this Saturday, February 25th at Just Food, where we will be giving the soda-bottle workshop. All you need to do is sign up, bring the bottle, and have a great time learning a new skill! Sign up here!

Check out general info on our workshops here. You can also like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to get the latest news on when and where our next workshops will be held.

Boswyck Farms’ Sample NFT System

Lee explaining nutrients to students

Chloe instructing during the workshop

Lee Starting the Lecture

CDSC Workshop with The Brooklyn Food Coalition

On November 19, 2011, Boswyck Farms lead a Soda Bottle Workshop and “Intro to Hydroponics” lecture at the Child Development Support Corporation (CDSC) in collaboration with the Brooklyn Food Coalition.

Our very own Lee, Alex M., and Chloe were thrilled to have a full house of community members from the Brooklyn Food Coalition at the CDSC, who were interested in learning the basic principles of hydroponics, and were able to get hands on experience creating their very own mini-hydroponic set up via soda bottle.

The workshop was just a part of Boswyck Farm’s commitment to sharing hydroponics with the community through teaching and example.


The range of community members who attended was truly impressive – from children, to teachers, to food justice activists, to senior citizens and even community members from other neighborhoods like Bed-Stuy and Clinton Hill. We were so happy to see such diversity – reinforcing our belief that hydroponics can be learned and enjoyed by just about anyone.

Boswyck Farm’s work with the CDSC began in February of 2011, when the partnership was formed to provide fresh produce for the food pantry, and give children a unique hands-on learning experience with hydroponics.

Nancy from the Brooklyn Food Coalition provided everyone with a wonderful lunch, including cauliflower-cheddar soup and homemade cornbread. Yum!!


Check out the rest of the photos from the event here!

Soda Bottle Workshop at MS 217 in Queens

Engaged students learn about hyrdroponic systems

On Friday, March 25th, we packed up the van for it’s inaugural trip and headed to Queens to lead a Soda Bottle workshop at MS 217. It was their annual Family Science Night and we had the wonderful opportunity to teach the 6th graders about various hydroponic systems along with assisting the parents and their children in building their own self irrigated planting system. The kids at this green magnet school were very receptive to the projects and really enjoyed building the systems. The school provided them with basil and oregano seeds and in the next couple of weeks, they will be seeing their hydroponic systems growing delicious herbs on their windowsills!

The Friday Farm Report, a few days late

This report is a little late in coming. The beginning of August found us waist-deep in workshops, not to mention planting, harvesting an incredible amount of Fine Verde basil and experimenting with a bucket flood & drain system.

Thanks to Growing Leaders, who are partnered with BK Farmyards this summer, for being the first group to participate in the soda bottle workshop in our space. Up to now we’ve always held our workshops off-site. You showed us that our magical, expandable kitchen table isn’t just for dining. It transforms nicely into a workbench. We’d also like to give a big thanks to Heather Butts for bringing several young adults from her program, H.E.A.L.T.H. for Youths.

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For more information on our educational program contact joanna@nullboswyckfarms.org.

Thanks for another fabulous workshop

We just wanted to say many thanks to everyone who attended this past Sunday’s workshop, Getting Started With Hydroponics. We had people from all walks of life including teachers, architects and even a lactation specialist. Our participants asked great questions and were pros at building drip systems.

If you were at the workshop (or attended earlier ones), please take pictures of the plants growing in your systems and send them to us!

Hydroponic Workshop – 10/18/2009

Boswyck Farms is pleased to announce a hydroponic workshop

When: Sunday October 18th, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Where: Bug Labs, 598 Broadway, 4th floor (the corner of Broadway and Houston)

The workshop will include

  1. A brief history or hydroponics
  2. An overview of many hydroponic techniques including examples of many of the hardware needed to construct them
  3. The hands on portion will be building you own self contained hydroponic system to take home. The system is a basic drip system and will support one large plant such as tomatoes and peppers.

You can see photos from past workshops click here

You can register for the workshop at http://boswyck.eventbrite.com. The cost of the workshop is $30. The cost of the kit for the hydroponic system is $50.

Please feel free to send an email to info@nullboswyckfarms.org if you have any questions about the workshop.