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Student Builds Floating Garden Farm on the East River
Posted By Molly Cotter On August 22, 2012 @ 12:20 pm In Green Space,Queens,Water | No Comments
We’ve seen New Yorkers plant produce everywhere from rooftops  to parking lots , but now there’s even a floating garden coming to the East River. Karim Ahmed , a 22-year-old architecture student at The Cooper Union will soon be anchoring his floating garden into Long Island City’s Anable Basin  as an experiment in hydroponic  harvesting, and the 20-square-foot raft will sprout sunflowers, kale, corn, and a baby nectarine tree. The floating garden is an attempt to rethink how we grow and obtain our food on this concrete island of a city, and it could spark an awesome new aquatic agriculture trend!
Ahmed had long been interested in the ancient “chinampas”  or floating crops of Mexico City. Giant elevated barge-like rafts have been used to grown corn and crops in the city swamps  for centuries. Ahmed began a Kickstarter  campaign and enlisted the help of Boswyck Farms  in Brooklyn to build and fully understand a prototype garden. He then fashioned the structure together at a parts shop in Bushwick .
The floating garden does not use soil, but instead feeds the plants with a water system that blocks outs chemicals and hungry fish. Ahmed’s creation now sits anchored in the Anable Basin, which was also an area recently scouted for a floating beer garden !
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 rooftops: http://inhabitat.com/nyc/brooklyn-grange-worlds-largest-rooftop-farm-kicks-off-second-growing-season/
 parking lots: http://inhabitat.com/intexure-architects-transform-parking-garage-into-a-rooftop-zen-garden/
 Karim Ahmed: http://afloatinggarden.blogspot.com/
 The Cooper Union : http://cooper.edu/
 Anable Basin: http://wikimapia.org/5470862/Anable-Basin
 hydroponic: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydroponics
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 “chinampas”: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinampa
 city swamps: http://www.mexconnect.com/articles/979-mexcaltitan-nayarit-an-island-city-in-the-swamp
 Kickstarter: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2033286349/a-floating-garden?ref=8fz6y3
 Boswyck Farms: http://www.boswyckfarms.org/
 Bushwick: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bushwick,_Brooklyn
 beer garden: http://inhabitat.com/nyc/floating-beer-garden-on-repurposed-ferry-coming-to-long-island-city-queens/
 DNA info: http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20120822/long-island-city/floating-garden-coming-long-island-city
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