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 participate in any of our 2014-15 programs, please read about the programs we have on offer and fill out the corresponding request or application form. We look forward to farming with you!
Student Farmers Program
The Student Farmers Program (previously Farm Educator-Led Classes) is a comprehensive 19-week curriculum for public school students grades K-3 during the school year. Teachers, parent coordinators, or other representatives from downtown schools can register for weekly lessons led by our Farm Education staff .
Common Core Standards-aligned lessons include inquiry-based, seasonal and age-appropriate activities, including projects such as seeding, transplanting, composting, and harvesting. In these lessons, 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.
How to Register
The Student Farmers Program is available for public schools grades K-3, and runs for 4-6 weeks in the fall (September-October) and 11 weeks in the spring (April-June). Registration for the 2013-14 school year is closed. Registration for the 2014-15 school year will open in August.
Farm Field Trips
Farm Field Trips Program (formerly Enrichment Visits) is an introduction to the field of urban agriculture for students and summer campers of all ages. Get your students’ hands in soil with us and learn about anything from food miles and processed foods to how to turn under cover crop, trellis tomatoes, or harvest potatoes!
Visits are 60 minutes and include age-appropriate hands-on farm experience, a mini-lesson, and tastings whenever available. Farm activities are seasonal and dictated by the needs of this working farm. Farm Field Trips 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, as scheduled around the City Seedlings Summer Program.
How to Register
Registration for Farm Field Trips is now open! Click here to fill out a request form. Please complete your form a minimum of two weeks prior to your requested first visit date. Visits begin in April.
School Plot Program
The School Plot Program (formerly Teacher-Led Classes) is a growing space for NYC schools of all grade levels to use as their outdoor classroom. Grow arugula, beans, carrots, dill — the whole alphabet! — while studying anything from art, to botany and chemistry, to history. Do your own soil tests, study agricultural history of the Dutch and the Lenape, or grow food to take back to a classroom kitchen for a cooking class.
In this program, 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. Together with their students, teachers will use their very own outdoor classroom space to 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.
How to Register
The School Plots Program makes berms available each school year from September through June. Registration for 2013- 14 plots is closed. Registration for 2014-15 plots will open in August for the school year beginning in September.
City Seedlings Summer Program
The City Seedling Summer Program is a summer farm camp that allows children age 3-6 years old and their parents to explore the farm during its most fruitful months. Together with a parent or caregiver, City Seedlings will spend time helping Battery Urban 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 groups, 3-5 years) or Tuesdays/Thursdays (B groups, 4-6 years).
How to Register
The 2014 City Seedlings Summer Program will run July 7 to August 15. Registration will open in May. Click here to receive an email alert when registration is available.