Urban Quotient

Urban Farm & STEM Educational Center

Washington Heights, New York, NY
Educational & Community Facility for Urban Farming

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This proposal calls for the Dorothy McGowan Memorial Community Garden on West 158th St to be transformed into a high-productive urban farm and an educational / community center that serves both students in the nearby Community Health Academy STEM classes and clients of Community League of the Height’s Food Pantry. The facility will be built with re-purposed shipping containers on two levels. The first level will house educational greenhouse beds and an aquaponic tank in the concrete foundation while the second level will house specialty high-productive urban agricultural systems  such as NFT Beds and vertical farming tower systems.

An accessible ramp from the rear of the Food Pantry on W. 159th Street connects through to the facility and knits the neighborhood together around the idea if healthy fresh food. Crops from the urban farm would be used in school meals and for stocking the food pantry and providing choice to its clients while the connection between the block frees up space that could be used for a local Green Market.