Bushwick City Farm

Grant Year:  2017

Bushwick City Farm is transforming an abandoned lot into a functional farm where food grown is distributed to community members. The farm is becoming a community space where resources and educational opportunities are available. 
With a 2017 Community Compost grant, Bushwick City Farm is Bushwick City Farm is expanding their compost system to accommodate the increase in community member’s dropping off their food scraps in the garden. The group is using the compost to fertilize garden beds that provide free, fresh produce to the community. Participating neighbors are learning how to use the composting system, as well as the importance of their contribution in closing the food cycle loop.

 

Grant Year:  2016

Bushwick City Farm is continuing its transformation of a vacant, garbage-strewn lot into a functional farm. The group is building additional raised garden beds, and raising chickens whose eggs are given away for free to neighborhood residents. The group is also collaborating with other urban gardens in nearby affordable housing developments to build more planter boxes and expand the network of urban gardens in the area. The Farm is also constructing a fully-functioning aquaponics system on its farm. Aquaponics is a self-sustaining, self-contained farming system wherein fish and plants symbiotically provide vital nutrients to each other, resulting in the production of high-quality, organic, pesticide-free produce and fish using only 10% of the energy and resources that it would take to produce similar results with traditional farming methods.The system allows the group to diversify the means by which it provides free organic food to members of the community who are low-income.

Grant Year:  2015

Bushwick City Farm is continuing to transform a large lot from a garbage strewn hazard to a functional farm that also serves as a community hub and learning space. It is constructing additional vegetable beds to grow more food which it distributes for free to community residents. Additionally, the group is collaborating with several local housing developments to build planter boxes in order to expand the network of urban gardens in the area.

Grant Year:  2014

Bushwick City Farm is expanding their farming project onto a new lot in Bedford Stuyvesant, building raised beds and starting a chicken raising project. The group is working with local teenagers from the community who are learning to farm, and give away food and eggs to community members and neighbors as needed.

Grant Year:  2013

Bushwick City Farms is continuing to transform a large garbage-strewn lot into a functional farm. The group is building additional planter boxes to increase their weekly harvest, constructing a compost bin system, and organizing a chicken coop.