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The Teens for Food Justice/ Sun Club Farm
At DeWitt Clinton Campus High School

TFFJ Teens constructing hydroponic growing systems at DeWitt Clinton HS. The new TFFJ/Sun Club farm will grow over 25,000 pounds of nutritious produce annually.

At the brand-new Teens for Food Justice/Sun Club Farm at DeWitt Clinton High School, we're teaching students key skills for reducing their environmental impact and providing them with critical tools to build healthy futures through sustainable urban agriculture. DeWitt Clinton High School Campus students have built a classroom-based, vertical hydroponic farm in an unused third-floor lab in the school building, under the guidance of Teens for Food Justice's hydroponic specialist and farm team.

Teens for Food Justice has partnered with Green Mountain Energy Sun Club to ensure universal equitable access to healthy, fresh, affordable food. 

At the TFFJ/Sun Club Farm, students will grow more than 25,000 lbs of produce annually to feed their entire school and its 1,300 students daily and the local community on an ongoing basis, while mastering key STEM concepts and skills needed in a green workforce economy.

Students harvest the food grown in the farm and lead a distribution program for the produce to get to the school cafeteria on a daily basis.

Secondly, produce will be sold affordably within the local community in collaboration with other school-based partners, such as the Montefiore School Health Program and Good Shepherd Services

Green Mountain Energy Sun Club donated $126,870.00, which paid for all construction, system and equipment and programmatic costs for a new 1,300 sq/ft high-capacity indoor hydroponic farm at DeWitt Clinton,  a Title I school located in one of the most food insecure communities in NYC.

Through high-tech indoor farming, our students will be building a more sustainable future: reducing  water consumption to .25 gallons per head of lettuce compared to over 4 gallons per head when using traditional agricultural methods, and completely avoiding the use of herbicides, insecticides, fungicides. They’re also cutting food miles through growing and distributing their hyper-local produce, eliminating the energy use for transporting produce from farm to the school cafeteria and building a local foodscape that serves the community.

Additionally, Sun Club funding enables the students, through the after school program, to coordinate and run outreach projects around good nutrition and healthy lifestyle choices that will educate the school’s families in these topics and build community health within the greater population where the food is distributed.

Empowering Teens Feeding Communities Building a Healthy Sustainable Future