Bushwick Campus Greenhouse in Brooklyn, New York
Support an Urban High School Farm Project!
EcoStation:NY, Boswyck Farms, and the Bushwick Campus and its students are in the process of building an incredible greenhouse on the Bushwick Campus, and we’re raising $15,000 through Kickstarter to do it! We want to expand the greenhouse infrastructure and education programs, install both hydroponic and aquaponic systems, pay teachers, and create more opportunities to learn about food justice and community food production in the Bushwick area.
We are creating an outdoor classroom, to be used by the four public high schools at the campus: the Academy for Urban Planning, the Academy for Environmental Leadership, the Bushwick School for Social Justice, and the Brooklyn School for Math and Research. Working with four schools means that we teach more than 1,200 students. Every single one deserves the opportunity to learn science, economics, green building, nutrition, and food production year-round. These are skills they can put on their resumes, skills that can get them into college. We would like to see our students running this greenhouse and the farm education program in the future.
Urban farming is the future of our city. When we teach students, they go on to teach each other, their families, and their neighbors. We are supporting future leaders in the green economy.
Already, the Bushwick Campus students have done a huge amount to get this greenhouse off the ground. Our students have worked at Campus Farm and dedicated their energy and skills to greenhouse builds on their lunch breaks, after school, and on weekends. They are working in the rain, in the snow (yes, that Halloween blizzard: they were there! ), and at 8:00 AM on Saturdays and school holidays. They are going to weekend events at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden to talk about expanding our farm. The ideas are there. The enthusiasm is there. We just need the money.
The Bushwick Campus is in one of the poorest neighborhoods in Brooklyn. Please do what you can to help this community take control over both their education and their access to fresh healthy food! Help our students engage with hands on learning opportunities year-round.
Spread the word about our project: contact friends and families personally, bring this campaign to your community center or church, or alert politicians and local businesses. We need to reach our goal of $15,000 before December 30th. If we do not receive $15,000, we won’t get anything at all. Don’t let that happen. Make a donation, tell people about the project, and use your network, knowledge, and community to help this amazing project.