Battery Urban Farm is a one acre educational farm located in historic Battery Park.
As an educational farm, our mission is to inspire and educate youth, our downtown community, and the general public about growing (and eating!) great food. We offer a variety of opportunities for students and youth of all ages to experience the best the farm has to offer. At Battery Urban Farm, student farmers get their hands in soil and learn about sustainable organic farming — from seed to plant to plate, and back to soil.
To register your class, student, or child for any of our 2013 programs, please read about the programs we have on offer and fill out a request form below. We look forward to farming with you!
Use the farm as your outdoor classroom!
Teachers, parents, or other representatives from downtown schools who are interested in bringing their class to the farm on a weekly basis can request to receive a plot of land (or a “berm”) for the growing season. In this outdoor classroom space, teachers of grades K-12 lead their own lessons on subjects ranging from math and science to history and art. Together with their students, teachers will plan, plant, tend, and harvest whatever and however best suits their educational needs. This options is available to all schools and all age groups, and is best for teachers with some gardening experience and/or who are comfortable working independently.
Teacher-Led Class Berms are made available April-June and September-October. Berms are assigned on a first-come first-served basis starting in late February. For more information or to request a berm, click here to fill out a Teacher-Led Class Berm request form.
Teacher-Led Class Berms are fully booked for the Fall 2013 season. Please check back to request program participation for the Spring 2014 semester!
Farm Educator-Led Classes
Learn with the Battery Urban Farm Educator!
Teachers, parent coordinators, or other representatives from downtown schools who want to bring their classes on a weekly basis during the school year, but who do not wish to maintain their own berm, can sign up for guided Farm Educator-Led Classes. These lessons, led by our Farm Educator, focus on farm-based education. Exploratory, inquiry-based activities are seasonal and age-appropriate, and can include seeding, transplanting, composting, and harvesting. In these classes, students will spend time becoming familiar with the different companion plants and beneficial bugs that live on the farm, and exploring topics such as plant life cycles, decomposers, and food webs.
Farm Educator-Led Classes are available for public schools grades K-3. The Spring semester runs April-June, and the Fall semester runs September-October. Registration begins March 1 for the spring semester and August 15 for the fall semester. Click here to fill out a Farm Educator-Led Class request form.
Farm Educator-Led Classes are fully booked for the Fall 2013 season. Please check back to request program participation for the Spring 2014 semester!
Bring your class or camp group for a farm field trip!
Enrichment Visits are a great introduction to the farm for new or visiting groups. These generally last either 60-90 minutes and offer a whole-farm experience, including a mini-lesson and a hands-on, farm-based learning activity led by Battery Urban Farm staff. Enrichment Visits are open for all schools and summer camp groups ages K-12. School-year visits are available Wednesdays and Fridays, April-June and September-October. Summer visits are available Mondays-Fridays, June-September.
Enrichment Visits are fully booked for the Fall 2013 season. Please check back to request a visit for 2014!
City Seedlings Summer Program
Come grow with your young farmer this summer!
Parents who wish to experience the farm with their youngsters can register for any of three two-week summer sessions. During visits, City Seedlings will spend time helping farmers tend the summer crops, exploring the plants and creatures living on the farm, tasting fresh vegetables, creating art to bring home, and enjoying farm-themed story time on the lawn. Each session meets twice a week for two weeks, from 9:00am-11:00am on either Mondays/Wednesdays (A) or Tuesdays/Thursdays (B).
City Seedlings is a great way for you and your child to experience the farm during some of its most fruitful months. Click here to view the application. Registration for Summer 2014 will begin May 1.
Read more about our adult education opportunities in Community Outreach!