The Battery Conservancy created the largest perennial gardens in North America free and open to the public everyday, demonstrating that public parkland can bring beauty through horticulture and agriculture to its seven million visitors. The Battery Conservancy presents unique educational experiences at The Battery’s 25 acres of parkland.
Agriculture: vegetable and forest farms; Horticulture/biodiversity: 135,000 sq ft of perennial gardens; Water ecology: NY Harbor shoreline.
Battery Urban Farm
The full sun vegetable farm opened in 2011. It was joined in 2015 with the shade-tolerant forest farms. Both make food production visible and accessible from “seed to eat”. Students learn about maintaining healthy soil, composting, and growing produce without the use of herbicides, pesticides, or synthetic fertilizers. They perform all work required to raise 100 crops including soil prep, seeding, transplanting, weeding, composting, and harvesting. Students experience how a healthy ecosystem provides food for people and a habitat for insects and other animals. Programs are aligned with the Core Curriculum State Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards.