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

TFFJ teens construct hydroponic growing systems in a re-purposed lab at DeWitt Clinton HS. The new TFFJ/Sun Club farm will grow over 19,000 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 an indoor, 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 DeWitt Clinton campus and surrounding community.

Thanks to generous financial support from GME Sun Club, students will grow more than 19,000 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 food grown in the farm and lead a distribution program that supplies the school cafeteria on a daily basis. Produce will also be distributed free and sold affordably within the local community in collaboration with other school-based partners.

Green Mountain Energy Sun Club donated $126,870.00, which paid for all system and equipment and year one programmatic costs for a new 1,300 sq/ft high-capacity indoor hydroponic farm at DeWitt Clinton, a Title I high 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 by growing and distributing their own produce, reducing the amount of produce transported to the school cafeteria and building a hyper-local foodscape that serves the community.

Through after school programming, Sun Club funding also empowers students to coordinate and run outreach projects that teach nutrition and healthy lifestyle skills to families and build community health within the greater population where the food is distributed.

Empowering Teens Feeding Communities Building a Healthy Sustainable Future