Despite being the largest city in the U.S., New York has not had a center for environmental issues – such as we do for photography, cultural heritage, and art. As the impact of climate change becomes more apparent, the need for an international center for learning, discussion and action is critical. GrowNYC CEO Marcel Van Ooyen developed the idea for a physical space where these values could be brought to a broader audience.
Project Farmhouse is at 76 East 13th Street, around the corner from GrowNYC's Flagship Union Square Greenmarket. A dynamic range of programming – from chef-led cooking classes to rain garden workshops for community gardeners - will provide free and low-cost, hands-on programming to thousands of residents of all ages each year.
Sustainability is at the forefront of the design of Project Farmhouse with recycled plastics, salvaged timbers and re-engineered materials throughout along with other green design elements like low-flow bathroom fixtures and energy efficient lighting and appliances. One of the highlights of the space is our hydroponic green wall, growing herbs and salad greens for use in cooking demonstrations. This living classroom connects visitors to Project Farmhouse with our natural environment and growing food in an innovative and modern way.
The 3,500 square foot Project Farmhouse space is also available to rent for meetings, lectures, cocktail parties, and seated dinners to corporations and non-profits looking for a state of the art, sustainably designed facility. The main flex-space is great as a classroom or lecture space and features surround sound speakers with wireless microphones, three projection areas, a camera for live streaming, as well as, a demonstration kitchen and a small catering kitchen. The conference room seats 20 and features a 78 inch TV with laptop connectivity and plenty of wipe boards for brainstorming sessions.
Our first public event is this month! On February 13th, guest speaker Dr. Kathleen Merrigan will discuss with us the history and future of food law - a particularly hot topic during a drastic shift in government policy surrounding our change in administration.
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How can you support us? We are so glad you asked! By volunteering, donating, and following us on social media! Help us make Project Farmhouse the leader in thoughtful programming around sustainability and the environment by contributing whatever energy you can spare, from a share on Facebook to attending our events at the center and continuing thoughtful dialogue around these issues that effect us, you, your kids, their kids, our economic, social and health industry systems, our everything. Sustainability is a change of thought, it's a way of life - you can support it every day in so many major and minor decisions you make - use Farmhouse and GrowNYC to educate yourselves and others, that is the greatest support you can offer.