The Battery Urban Farm came to life in November 2010 motivated by eight students from the Environmental Club at Millennium High School who wanted to create a vegetable garden. Once the Battery Conservancy got involved the idea began to grow and was realized in five months. By 2012 the one-acre farm grew to serve 1,800 students from 30 schools, teaching them the basics about farming and eating healthy, as well as community organizations, local residents, commuters, tourists, and local restaurants. However, the growing and teaching came to a halt after Hurricane Sandy devastated much of lower Manhattan, flooding Battery Urban Farm and destroying the Battery Conservancy offices. Now they are asking for your help to rebuild in order to keep the veggies growing.
When we first wrote about the Battery Urban they had successfully been in operation for about a year, showing off a design of salvaged bamboo created by STUDIOperFORM. The bamboo is no longer standing. Both the Battery Urban Farm and the Battery Conservancy have relied heavily on donors, and that support is needed now more than ever. They have started a campaign on indiegogo with a goal to raise $15,000 and 200 gifts by May 28. Watch the video below for a history of the farm and to hear about its current status.