The goal of the recently founded Bushwick Campus Farm is to connect the dots between the food system, economics, health, the environment, social justice, and sustainable agricultural practices.
Boswyck Farms, EcoStation:NY, Bushwick Farms, and four Brooklyn high schools, transformed a neglected athletic field into a gorgeous food-producing farm, greenhouse, and outdoor classroom that teaches students about childhood hunger, obesity, and local food issues.
“For us, it’s more than just a farm. It’s an outdoor classroom that supports youth empowerment. It’s a model of community engagement and source of nourishment. It’s an economic alternative to our modern food system.”
Students work to help maintain the garden, which gives them hands-on experience that teaches them about the food system, agriculture, and even economics, as they are also involved in the distribution. Teachers create curriculum specifically for the outdoor classroom, giving students a unique learning opportunity.