Science Barge Offers Open Harvest Weekly through August
Every Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m. through the end of August
The Science Barge docked in Yonkers
Open Harvest on the Science Barge, hosted by Groundwork Hudson Valley (GHV), will take place every Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m. through the end of August. Docked in downtown Yonkers just north of the Yonkers Pier, the Science Barge is a prototype sustainable urban farm. During Open Harvest events, visitors can pick their own produce and learn about the basics of hydroponics and aquaponics from the barge crew.
Acquired by GHV in October 2008, the Science Barge is the only fully functioning demonstration of renewable energy supporting sustainable food production in New York. It grows an abundance of fresh produce, such as tomatoes, melons, popcorn, peppers, eggplant and lettuce, with zero net carbon emissions, zero pesticides and zero runoff. The barge is powered entirely by solar panels, wind turbines and biofuels, while the hydroponic greenhouse is irrigated solely by collected rainwater and purified river water, thus operating completely “off the grid.”
Taught by GHV educators, the barge’s hands-on educational programs for Yonkers public school students and Westchester children and families focus on renewable energy systems, hydroponic farming and the effects of climate change. Through the beginning of November, the barge is open and free to the public on weekends from noon to 6 p.m., offering children’s activities; tours of the energy and growing systems; and planting, crafts, crabbing and other activities.