Back in July, I went to this lecture about "Urban Farming" in Soho. I went to the lecture because I was really interested in learning about best practices of urban gardening from urban farmers. I have a bit of an obsession when it comes to learning about urban gardening, how I can be better at it, especially figuring out ways that I can grow more efficiently, but the talk was more general than I thought it would be, and I didn't get much information from the lecture itself. After the lecture, I did however meet a very interesting person in the audience. I met Lee Mandell, the founder of Boswyck Farms, a hydroponic farm in Bushwick Brooklyn. What is so unique about Boswyck Farms is that it has a large focus on educational programs. From their website, "We also like to teach about hydroponics and growing food; and we like to run community workshops about urban farming and sustainability. In the summer of 2009 we decided to bring our program into schools by designing a science curriculum with the goal of creating an innovative approach to the study of botany. With a focus on inquiry and the scientific method we hope to help our students understand not only the biology of plants but new ways to experience science in the classroom." In addition to their educational programs, they also are involved in the local community, by not only providing hydroponically grown food to food pantries, they also set up systems in the food pantries themselves. I've been really interested in learning about Hydroponic gardening and I love their mission, so I immediately asked him if he took on interns. He said he did and for the last 2 weeks, I've been interning there once a week. This week, Lee took me to the Child Development Support Corporation (CDSC), where they have a weekly food pantry and a very substantial hydroponic system in place built by the team at Boswyck Farms. They built a two-tier system which maximizes the vertical space. Isn't this just the coolest thing ever?? On this day, I helped Lee setup some additional grow lights for some new beds.