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Borough President Issues Plan to Expand Urban Agriculture

Brewer announces up to $1 million in funding to promote gardening and hydroponics in schools

Urban Farming Symposium announced for fall

For Immediate Release: April 30, 2015

NEW YORK – At City Hall today, Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer released “How Our Gardens Grow, Strategies for Expanding Urban Agriculture [1],” a report with recommendations for expanding urban agriculture in Manhattan’s schools, senior centers, and public housing facilities. Brewer also announced that her office will allocate up to $1 million in capital funding for innovative school gardening projects – such as hydroponics labs – in the next fiscal year.

“Our rooftops, schools, and senior centers aren’t the first places that come to mind when you think of agriculture – but Manhattan is home to an array of urban plots, hydroponic farms, greenhouses, and more than 170 community gardens,” said Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer. “Urban agriculture yields tremendous benefits for our neighborhoods, our economy, and the environment: it teaches valuable skills and produces fresh, healthy, locally-grown food. That’s why my office will reserve up to $1 million next year to support gardening programs in Manhattan schools – for less than $50,000 a classroom can be outfitted as a state-of-the-art hydroponics lab.”

Brewer also announced that her office will sponsor an Urban Farming Symposium in the fall of 2015 with Cornell University Cooperative Extension, bringing urban farming participants and experts together to share their knowledge and lay the groundwork for a support network. Read more… [2]