On November 8, 2011, we teamed up with the high school students at Bushwick Campus in Brooklyn, New York, and began construction on Bushwick Campus Greenhouse, a gorgeous, 40' x 12', energy-efficient, low-cost greenhouse, built with spare materials repurposed from an existing project. However, as the structure nears completion, our greenhouse is still empty. Over the next few weeks we will be finishing the greenhouse's interior and starting our winter curriculum, an extension of Bushwick Campus Farm’s Food Justice and Agricultural Education program.
We have already created a full greenhouse design, budget, and curriculum. Now we need the funds to complete the project!
The goal of the recently-founded Bushwick Campus Farm is to connect the dots between the food system, economics, health, the environment, social justice, and sustainable agricultural practices. For us, it's more than just a farm. It’s an outdoor classroom that supports youth empowerment. It’s a model of community engagement and source of nourishment. It’s an economic alternative to our modern food system. Bushwick Campus Greenhouse will complement our efforts at the farm site by amplifying its output capacity, and effectively making our garden-farm classroom a fully-functional, year-round reality.
Instructor Bassanio Clark and students perform at the Bushwick Campus Greenhouse ribbon-cutting party, November 18, 2011.
When you choose to support Bushwick Campus Greenhouse, you are contributing to an incredible team that has made this farm and greenhouse project possible: the schools of Bushwick Campus (Academy of Urban Planning, Academy of Environmental Leadership, Brooklyn School for Math and Research, and Bushwick School for Social Justice), EcoStation:NY, and Boswyck Farms.
Your donation to Bushwick Campus Greenhouse will have a ripple effect: the greenhouse will be used to support our organic farm at a public high school, a school farmers’ market, cooking and nutrition classes, community events, and service learning projects. Also, with planned features like aquaponic and hydroponic installations, the greenhouse will provide a place for scientific exploration and innovative curriculum development.
WHERE WILL YOUR MONEY GO?The first $15,000…The initial structure of Bushwick Campus Greenhouse is in place: our plan is to now make it an environment for year-round growing and learning by building shelves, tables, and workbenches, installing solar panels, aquaponic and hydroponic systems, winterizing it for year-round use, and implementing a water catchment system for rainwater harvesting.
We will pay our staff to support this construction and ongoing student education. Starting in January, we will be offering an course on Agriculture that will be open to all four schools and a 14-week Hydroponics course with side-by-side experiments comparing hydroponically- and soil-grown plants. We also plan to offer cooking classes, guest teachers, and field trips. It should be noted that all of these exciting options are in addition to the diverse array of classes we currently co-teach at the farm.
Above and Beyond the Initial $15,000…Any funds raised over and above the initial $15,000 would go towards developing our summer Food Justice Program at Bushwick Campus Farm and Bushwick Farmers’ Market.
Right now, we have dozens of students interested in the project. We would like to compensate them for the invaluable work they do at the farm, but unfortunately we do not have the funds to pay them. Many of them are forced to get uninspiring jobs at local fast food chains or retail shops. We would like to be able to hire students for Saturday workdays in the winter, and for the duration of the summer recess.
Our goal is to hire 15 students; $30,000 would allow us to pay them. We’ve set our goal for the initial $15,000 (to cover completion of the greenhouse construction project and funding the education program during the school year), but we really need $55,000. Please help us make this happen!
Bushwick Campus Farm Dedication Dinner, September 16, 2011.
More information about the Bushwick Campus Greenhouse community partners:
Watch our progress on BushwickCampusFarm channel on YouTube!
Thanks!The team behind Bushwick Campus Greenhouse is thankful for all the support we have received so far. Special thanks to:
The faculty, staff, students, and parent coordinators of Bushwick Campus, including:
Nilda Gomez-Katz, Principal, Academy for Environmental Leadership (AEL)
Rodney Orgi, Principal, Academy of Urban Planning (AUP)
Perry Rainey, Principal, Brooklyn School for Math and Research (BSMR)
Mark Rush, Principal, Bushwick School for Social Justice (BSSJ)
Vernon Dye, Athletic Director, Bushwick Campus
A special shout-out to the school’s building management team and custodial staff, especially Samberg and Jimmy!
Genesis Rodriguez, BSSJ Student & Green
Guerillas Youth Tiller?Christina
Tamarez, BSSJ Student & Green Guerillas Youth Tiller
Bushwick Green Team
Ester Hidalgo, Student, AEL
Adam Schwartz, Teacher, AUP FoodFightersMarilyn Fielder-Whitley, Secretary, BSSJ
Mia Lefkovitz, ESL Teacher, AELMarlene DaSilva, Teacher, BSSJ
Dyron Holmes, Academic Advisor/Teaching Artist, Hospital AudiencesLisa Kletjian, School Social Worker, Hospital AudiencesChristine Caceres, Neighborhood volunteerMike Taylor, Neighborhood volunteerNicole Bonia, Media and Outreach consultantbk farmyardsGabrielle Purifoy, Video Editor
Occupy Your Block Volunteers, Occupy Wall Street NYC
Lee Mandell, Chief Hydroponicist, Boswyck Farms Maggie Cheney, Farm Manager, Bushwick Campus Farm / EcoStation:NY
Joe Chavez, Educator, Solar One
Sean-Michael Fleming, Co-Founder, EcoStation:NY
Kendall Morrison, Co-Founder, EcoStation:NY
Travis Tench, C-Founder, EcoStation:NY
Cristhian Mora Lopez, Outreach Coordinator, EcoStation:NY.Chloe Bass, Communications and Outreach Specialist, Boswyck Farms
Chrissy's Cooking Club
Lastly, thanks to our local Bushwick restaurants for their ongoing support through produce purchases and food donations. Thank you to: Momo Sushi Shack, Café Ghia, Northeast Kingdom, Roberta’s Pizza, Verde Coal Oven, The Hurricane Club, and Tandem Bar!
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