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Nan S
525 w 50th street
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the project

We need $45,000 to complete a rooftop hydroponic and aquaponic greenhouse on top of the Food and Finance High School, NYC's only culinary high school.

The Hydroponic greenhouse lab at Food and Finance High School will be run in conjunction with our partner Cornell University Extension. The lab, which is a combination of hydroponic and aquaponic technology, already produces lettuces, Chinese cabbages, fresh herbs and chiles for our culinary programs and our curriculum. Students will be able to study the science in the 2000 square foot, year round lab, and the lab will be a teaching center and model for other school programs as well.

the steps

The build out should start in January. In order to ensure that our partner is Cornell, we need to raise the $45,000 privately.

why we're doing it

Food and Finance High School believes that food is fundamental to personal, social, economic and ecological health, and so integrates the theme of food into its curriculum and into the school environment.  The school is also committed to sustainability.  As such, the work of the Cornell labs is integral to the school mission, curriculum, and culture.  As a premiere culinary arts school, it is imperative and students understand food production and are up to date on the latest technologies used, particularly in urban settings, for producing food.  FFHS also works to help students become caring and responsible adults and as such, teaches responsible and effective food production as part of our curriculum.


The Aquaponic Greenhouse at Food and Finance High School has a number of costs associated with it.  The actual structure is being built by the School Construction Authority with funds ($1.2 million) obtained through the NY City Council.  The staffing for the Greenhouse is paid for by Cornell University Cooperative Extension.  The $100,0800 they contribute covers a full time Cornell Scientist on-site (including benefits and overhead).  Cornell will also cover the initial cost of the plants/fish for the system, which is approximately $10,000.  

We are seeking $45,000 to cover the technology costs of setting up the sophisticated aquaponic system. This system combines hydroponics with aquaculture, into a mutually sustaining system that produces large quantities of food.  We anticipate that after the first year, we will be able to market the fish and produce so that we can keep replenishing them at no cost.

SUBTOTAL = $45,000
ioby Platform Fee  $35
3rd Party Credit Card Processing Fee (3%) $1,350
TOTAL TO RAISE = $46,385

RAISED = $975.00
ioby Platform Fee  waived
3rd Party Credit Card Processing Fee (3%) $28.40



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