New school year, new programs, and a brand new farm!
Teens for Food Justice is launching into another school year with exciting new programming in Brooklyn and the Bronx and a new high capacity hydroponic farm that will grow over 15,000 lbs of produce annually at Brownsville Collaborative Middle School (BCMS), Brownsville, Brooklyn.
Beginning this fall, BCMS science students across the 6th, 7th, and 8th grades will learn about hydroponic farming by completing the build of this new farm in their school. By December 2018, their farm will be ready to grow almost 15,000 pounds of fresh, nutritious produce each year for their school and the Brownsville community. The farm construction will engage 75 students in a unique hands-on STEM experience, through which they will directly interact with core scientific concepts while having fun developing a needed resource for their school and community. This fall, we will also launch the flagship TFFJ apprenticeship program at BCMS, which will teach students about food justice, social entrepreneurship, nutrition, and advocacy, empowering them as the next generation of change agents in their community.
In the TFFJ/Sun Club Farm at DeWitt Clinton High School in the Norwood section of the Bronx, we are expanding farm production and programming. Built by students last year, the TFFJ/ Sun Club farm will produce 25,000 pounds of fresh, student-grown produce per year, that will go directly to the school cafeteria and surrounding community. More than 100 students from all three co-located schools on the DeWitt educational campus will master the concepts of urban agriculture and food justice through Human Impact, AP Environmental Science, and Environmental Sustainability courses in the farm during the curricular day and through a weekly after school apprenticeship program.
Students at The Urban Assembly Unison School Farm in Bedford Stuyvesant/Clinton Hill, Brooklyn will continue to feed, educate, and empower their school and community with their farm. We are excited that, this year, our curricular day program will engage every 6th grade student at Unison! Additionally, architectural plans for expanding the farm into a 1,500 sq. ft. courtyard greenhouse are now being finalized.
The larger farm space will increase production twenty-fold and will allow TFFJ to reach, educate, and feed many more students and community members every year. We are proud to support the growth of our teacher, staff, and parent community allies who are increasing their roles as leaders and organizers of TFFJ curriculum programming.
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