Founded in Spring 2011 with the 1500 students and staff of the four high schools of Bushwick Campus (Academy for Environmental Leadership, Bushwick School for Social Justice, Academy of Urban Planning, and Brooklyn School for Math and Research), Bushwick Campus Farm & Greenhouse is a dynamic model of urban agriculture education.
Bushwick Campus Farm serves not only as a living classroom for the Campus, but also as a shared community asset, serving as a demonstration site for Just Food's Farm School NYC (see video below), Make the Road NY's Youth Power Project's youth programs, model for other GrowNYC/Grow to Learn schools and "Garden to Café" site, and an increasingly popular destination for area schools, senior center visits, after-school programs, universitys (such as The New School), and summer camps.
In-class and after school programming: EcoStation works with dozens of teachers to connect standards-based lessons to engaging hands-on experiential learning during school hours.
EcoStation co-developed three year-round urban farming courses for the freshmen of Academy of Environmental Leadership, reaching 90 students, and leads the campus-wide Food Justice Team and Youth Food Policy Council after-school student groups.
Sustainable (chemical-free) organic agriculture links
ecology, health, and food issues
Summer employment and job training program
for Bushwick youth
Seasonal farm stand (a Bushwick Farmers' Market
Food & Social Justice Workshop pilot program for adults and youth from Bushwick Campus, Make the Road NY, and El Puente
Founding member of NYC's first Youth Food Council, a project of Flip the Table and youth leaders for state- and city-wide conferences
Working greenhouse featuring hydroponic
and aquaponic growing systems designed Boswyck Farms
and now lead by EcoStation Senior Apprentice, Barry Rothstein
After-school and in-school Cooking & Nutrition Workshops
Community Apprentice Program: "Green job" training
and community empowerment project for adults 18+
2012 Runner-Up and 2013 Winner: NYC Dept. of Sanitation's
"Team Up to Green Up" competition
Information about tours of Bushwick Campus Farm here.
Follow Bushwick Campus Farm on Facebook and Twitter
Farm School NYC at Bushwick Campus Farm
Eyewitness News WABC-TV New York
In 2012, Just Food, an inspiration and leader in the local food justice movement since 1995, launched Farm School NYC.
First with Secret Garden Farm, and now with Bushwick Campus Farm, EcoStation has been a member of Just Food's City Farms network since its inception, and are proud that Bushwick Campus Farm is an official training and apprentice site for this landmark project.
Bushwick Campus Farm is located on the grounds of Bushwick Campus (formerly Bushwick High School), located at 400 Irving Ave, Brooklyn NYC.
There is a service entrance
on Putnam Ave.
Bushwick Campus Farm
is featured in
Emily Brooks' wonderful
New York City
Farmer & Feast:
Harvesting Local Bounty
(available on Amazon)