The TFFJ Farm at The Brownsville Collaborative
Middle School of Agriculture & Technology
Location: Brownsville, Brooklyn
Annual Production: 5,700 lbs
Year Launched: 2018
Co-located School: P.S. 298 – Dr. Betty Shabazz
- The farm is part of this school’s overall focus on urban agriculture, health and wellness, including its own Hope Cafe that offers students and staff healthy breakfast and lunch options for purchase.
- BCMSA&T is a TFFJ student-run Fresh Food Box site
- BCMSA&T students founded their own TFFJ Youth Staff in 2019. Among their initiatives was transforming their annual bake sale fundraiser into a farm stand selling.
Major Funder: Maimonides Medical Center
Community Partners: BMS Family Health and Wellness Center, Collective Fare/Collective Food Works
“In our community, the food sold in stores is processed. The hydroponic farm, for me, is for my students to have an awareness of what’s possible here in Brownsville. Empowering my students with knowledge that they can have fruits and vegetables in their diet every day is amazing and the possibilities are endless.”