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A Pop-Up Greenhouse by NY Sun Works Could Provide Cypress Hills With Farm Fresh Produce

Posted By Lori Zimmer On November 16, 2011 @ 4:26 pm In Architecture,Brooklyn,Food,Urban Farming | No Comments

Pop-up greenhouse, Cypress Hills, East New York, desigNYC, NY Sun Works, organic food, sustainable living

A new pop-up greenhouse [1] could make its way to the Cypress Hills neighborhood in eastern Brooklyn. As part of an effort to battle the trend of obesity and diabetes in the low-income neighborhood, the conceptual Greenhouse Project [2] will offer the community healthy foods in an otherwise nutrition wasteland. The hydroponic hub by New York Sun Works [3] is a collaboration with desigNYC [4] and could provide the area with 8,000 pounds of produce every three months.

Pop-up greenhouse, Cypress Hills, East New York, desigNYC, NY Sun Works, organic food, sustainable living

The greenhouse is proposed to be constructed on a city owned brownfield site in Cypress Hills with temporary pop-up status, reducing the need for complicated building permits. Since the area has many vacant lots, it can be moved at will. The organization NY Sun Works [5] has been working to make the area a more green, sustainable area to live in, and the greenhouse is a major step in doing so, not only providing green space, but also yielding healthy foods.

Aside from providing organic food [6], the Greenhouse Project aims to get community residents excited about revamping their diets, offering classes on urban agriculture and greenhouse construction. Local schools will be invited to visit the pop-up greenhouse for classes on climate change, sustainability, science and nutrition.

If the Greenhouse Project’s concept becomes a reality, a community that would normally not be able to afford farm fresh produce [7]will have access to farm-to-table goods, without leaving their neighborhood. The Greenhouse Project already has a presence in schools [8] across Manhattan, with several in-school hydroponic farms in operation since 2008.

+ The Greenhouse Project [2]

Via FastCoDesign [9]

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URLs in this post:

[1] pop-up greenhouse: http://inhabitat.com/nyc/photos-inhabitat-tours-riverparks-urban-farm-on-a-stalled-manhattan-construction-site/

[2] Greenhouse Project: http://nysunworks.org/thegreenhouseproject

[3] New York Sun Works: http://nysunworks.org/

[4] desigNYC: http://www.designyc.org/

[5] NY Sun Works: http://nysunworks.org

[6] organic food: http://inhabitat.com/nyc/nrdc-greens-its-annual-gala-hosted-by-seth-meyers-at-the-american-museum-of-natural-history/

[7] farm fresh produce : http://inhabitat.com/nyc/the-best-in-season-vegetables-to-buy-at-your-local-greenmarket-for-thanksgiving-dinner/

[8] already has a presence in schools: http://inhabitat.com/nyc/photos-new-york-sun-works-plants-nycs-first-public-school-greenhouse-on-top-of-p-s-333/

[9] FastCoDesign: http://www.fastcodesign.com/1665321/a-pop-up-greenhouse-could-bring-farm-fresh-food-to-food-deserts

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