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