CDSC is now the first non-profit organization in Central Brooklyn to host a hydroponic farm!
Since receiving a Seed Grant from United Way in the beginning of this year, we have wasted no time in building the structure that will house fresh, organic, produce year-round for clients of our weekly food pantry.
Hydroponics, a method of growing plants using mineral nutrients and water, without soil, is perfect for CDSC because we have space to build the farm in our warehouse! In fact, hydroponic farming is more sustainable than soil-based growing methods because it actually uses 70-90% less water.
The first crops we plan to grow are lettuce, collard greens, and bok choy, a cabbage-like green. The farm will grow enough to provide all our pantry clients with fresh produce. The community will benefit greatly from our farm as it will cultivate healthy eating habits in addition to the fruits and vegetables it grows.
In the future look out for free tours of the farm and hydroponics workshops, which will be open to the community. We also will have cooking demos featuring the produce grown in the farm. CDSC’s hydroponic farm will also eventually feature a rooftop garden and will grow other produce like cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers and more!