GrowNYC, the nonprofit behind the Union Square Greenmarket will soon be bringing even more green goodness to the area with an interactive new community and event space called Project Farmhouse. The 3,500-square-foot space will be centered around a giant hydroponic grow wall and test kitchen, and will be a place where community organizations can host free sustainability-related events and classes.
Located at 76 E. 13th St. near Fourth Avenue, Project Farmhouse will provide a test kitchen and conference room for a variety of community events and classes. A cool hydroponic living wall will also be a key feature of the new space. The wall will be composed of moving trays which rotate plants to ensure each one gets just the right amount of light, water, and fertilizer. Plants will grow under an energy-efficient LED system, showing off the best of urban gardening.
The 3,500-square-foot facility is planned for the ground floor space under the Hyatt Union Square, where renovations are already underway. A partnership with the hotel, Project Farmhouse will be a space that practices what it preaches. The Hyatt is overseeing building operations, such as HVAC, while GrowNYC will emphasize the green aspects like the hydroponic wall designed by City Hydroponics. “We’re working together to make this as green a build as possible,” GrowNYC Assistant Director Julie Walsh told DNAinfo.
One of the major benefits of Project Farmhouse is that it will fill a gap for community events with lower budgets, as well as provide a home for the nonprofit’s own efforts. “Until now we didn’t have a permanent, year-round home in which to showcase efforts to provide services and education to the general public,” Walsh said. “This is really an opportunity for us to have a year-round home and to meet as many New Yorkers as possible.”
The project reportedly still needs $300,000 in order to keep on track for its November opening, and community members can make a donation to help bring the city’s newest sustainability and education center to life.
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