Local Spotlight: Battery Urban Farm

Last year I organized a homeschool field trip to the Battery Urban Farm.  I was so excited to find this gem of a place right in lower Manhattan!

http://thebattery.org/destinations/urban-farm/

The farm is open to the public from April to November.  This urban farm provides thousands of pounds of produce to local elementary schools and local homeless shelters.  The mission of the farm is “to engage students, residents, and visitors in sustainable farming techniques, the joys of tasting new foods, and the value of urban farming in the evolving story of this historic public park.”

It was truly amazing to see a functioning farm in the middle of our big, bustling city!

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Their field trip was so well organized.  From the ease of the online registration, to the friendliness of the staff, to the multiple hands-on experiences the kids rotated through, the entire day was full of learning and fun.  We even got to taste some of the vegetables they grow!

 

While you are there you can also check out the Sea Glass Carousel, a very beautiful and unique carousel.  You can also spend time near the water watching the boats or hop on the Staten Island Ferry.  There are many beautiful gardens to stroll through, bike paths to ride, and even a labyrinth to walk through.  There is so much for kids to enjoy in this small area of NYC.

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