Battery Urban Farm: Get Involved

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Like what we do? Get involved!

Whether you’re an individual, a small group, or a large organization, we would love to have you join us! There are many ways that you can become involved, and lots of different ways to help keep us growing — with and without getting your hands dirty.

A great way to get started is to join our mailing list and sign up to receive our monthly e-newsletter. Click here to read the November E-News.

 

Sponsor us

As an educational, non-profit farm project, we have many farm education and community outreach projects and events that rely on your sponsorship and support. Make a donation to keep student farmers growing at Battery Urban Farm! Your donation will fund the purchase of seeds, farm tools (including kid-safe tools), educational and training materials, outdoor classroom supplies, and much more.
Here are some of the items your donation can help provide:
  • flower press to make flower art and to aid in lessons that teach the parts of flowers
  • water and soil testing kits will allow students to analyze precipitation and soil on and around the farm
  • children’s books including “A Seed Grows” by Pamela Hickman & Heather Collins, “The Tiniest Acorn” by Marsha T. Danzig, “A Seed is Sleepy” by Dianna Hutts Aston, “The Lorax” and “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Dr. Seuss, “The Carrot Seed” by Ruth Krauss, “Too Many Pumpkins” by Linda White, and more!
  • outdoor signage will add another layer to our education program, making the project more readily accessible to tourists; passersby; and drop-in school groups
  • chalkboards are an essential aspect of our outdoor classroom area and a great tool for making the farm experience more interactive for visitors

Battery Urban Farm depends on the support of private and public donors. These contributions keep the farm’s soil rich and growing, and provide countless hours of programming for 1,500 school children, local families, and the public. The Battery Conservancy thanks Bloomberg, Blue Smoke, Agnes Gund, City Council Member Margaret Chin, Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day, Sovereign Bank, The Whole Kids Foundation, Whole Foods Market, CME Group Community Foundation, The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Inc. Foundation, The Bunny Rattner Foundation, and all of our Sponsors whose generosity makes Battery Urban Farm possible.

 

Volunteer with us 

A volunteer washes and dries baby lettuces for the Farm Stand

Get your hands dirty with us at monthly Saturdays and Wednesday Workdays.

The farm offers volunteer hours every Wednesday from 4:00pm – 6:00pm, from mid-April to mid-October. These weekday volunteer hours are for adults 18+ only, and are not usually appropriate for children. Open volunteer hours are also available every third Saturday of the month from May-September as part of our Monthly Battery Urban Farm Saturday Series.

In both cases, volunteers can meet at the entrance to the farm, at the intersection of Pearl and State Streets. Closest subway lines are the South Ferry (1); Whitehall (R); and Bowling Green (4,5). Please come prepared with closed-toed shoes, comfortable weather-appropriate clothing (including sunscreen and/or boots as necessary), and bring a water bottle. All volunteers under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

For more information on volunteer days, visit the Volunteer page and  join our mailing list. Or view photos from previous Battery Urban Farm Saturday monthly events:

 

Join the Team

Gain hands-on experience for a career in Urban Farming and Farm/Garden Education.

Our Farm Education Apprenticeships are a great way to get a rare and unique hands-on experience with educational urban farming. Apprentices assist with planting, harvesting, compost, pest control, irrigation and other projects while getting real hands-on outdoor-learning experience helping with classes and school visits. Previous apprentices have gone on to work with GrowNYC, Earth Matter, City Growers, North Brooklyn Farms, Brooklyn Seed Company and City Harvest, as well as at schools and farms.

To read more about our apprenticeships and to apply, visit our Employment Opportunities page.