Now the BUF goes blue! This summer Battery Urban Farm is teaming up with the Billion Oyster Project to help clean up the New York Harbor and educate local students about marine ecology. Oysters, native to the NYC harbor, filter billions, even trillions, of tons of water each year. By placing our oysters in the New York Harbor we will help improve the quality of water and general health of our local environment. Here at the BUF, we have adopted four oyster cages, all bustling with aquatic life, with the ultimate goal of expanding our education programs to include topics such as water quality and ecological resilience, while expanding our understanding of the urban ecosystem.
This effort not only pioneers a new perspective on sustainability and waste reduction, but also gives students across the city an exciting opportunity to get hands on experiences with aquatic science. As an apprentice I have been lucky enough to witness the magic of opening one of our cages and observing the oysters’ growth, as well identifying all of the other marine species found in the harbor. I can’t wait to see the programs growth in the coming years, and the changing landscape of New York City!
By Eushavia Bogan, Battery Urban Farm apprentice