New York University’s Urban Farm Lab is celebrating its second annual harvest on Thurs., Oct. 2 from 3-5 p.m.

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NYU Urban Farm Lab is celebrating its second annual harvest on Thurs., Oct. 2. Image courtesy of NYU Urban Farm Lab (instagram.com/nyurbanfarmlab).

Located on the corner of Wooster and West Houston Streets behind the Silver Towers residences, the farm is a collaboration between the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at NYU Steinhardt, Silver Towers tenants, and the University Plaza Nursery School.

The NYU Urban Farm Lab is an outdoor classroom that promotes hands-on activities related to urban agriculture and food systems. Under the leadership of Jennifer Berg, director of the graduate food studies program at NYU Steinhardt, and Amy Bentley, associate professor of food studies at NYU Steinhardt, the farm brings together faculty, students, and community members who plant, water, weed, and more to grow crops in the heart of New York City.

After several years of planning, the NYU Urban Farm Lab grew its first crops in 2013, thanks to a Green Grant from NYU’s Office of Sustainability. Now in its second year, the farm is seeing growth – and not just in its plants.

“Our ‘Introduction to Urban Agriculture’ course went from one section of students to three full sections,” says Bentley. Faculty and students also built working compost bins, and improved the farm’s soil through compost application and rotating crops with cash and cover crops.

Carrots, turnips, radishes, lettuce, beets, eggplants, tomatoes, peppers, Swiss chard, kale, herbs, and flowers were among the crops grown since last September’s inaugural harvest. Attendees on Oct. 2 will be able to pick the final crops of the season.

“Even though we had a late start getting our plants outside thanks to last winter’s weather, we still had a great season,” says Laurel Greyson, manager of the NYU Urban Farm and adjunct instructor of food studies.

About the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development (@nyusteinhardt)
Located in the heart of Greenwich Village, NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development prepares students for careers in the arts, education, health, media, and psychology. Since its founding in 1890, the Steinhardt School's mission has been to expand human capacity through public service, global collaboration, research, scholarship, and practice. To learn more about NYU Steinhardt, visit steinhardt.nyu.edu.

About NYU Green Grants
NYU Green Grants are awarded to improve the university’s operational environmental performance, foster environmental literacy and community engagement, advance applied research and social entrepreneurship, and demonstrate the viability of best practices and technologies for sustainability. Since 2007, over $500,000 has been awarded to NYU students, faculty, and staff in support of seventy projects. More information about supported projects and applying is online at nyu.edu/sustainability/campus.projects/greengrants.