The Art of The Green Thumb

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November 06, 2011

2-4pm.

The Science Barge

Yonkers

Young elementary

$5 materials fee per child.

Event description: Most of the plants on The Science Barge are grown without soil. To understand how this is done, participants, ages 5-10, make their own mini, no-soil plant garden to take home.

Address: 99 Dock Street
Yonkers, NY 10701
Phone: 914-375-2151
Website: www.groundworkhv.org/programs/environmental-education/science-barge/

About The Science Barge

Standard hours: Weekends 12-6pm
Wheelchair accessible: Yes
Stroller parking: No
Stroller check: No
Bring food: No
Buy food: No
Where is food allowed: Food not allowed at all
Changing tables in the women's room(s): No
Changing tables in the men's room(s): No
Family bathroom: Yes

The Science Barge is a prototype sustainable urban farm developed by NY Sun Works and acquired by Groundwork Hudson Valley in October 2008 to be operated as an environmental education center. The Science Barge greenhouse, floating on the Hudson River, grows an abundance of fresh produce including tomatoes, melons, popcorn, peppers, eggplant, and lettuce with zero net carbon emissions, zero pesticides, and zero runoff. All of the energy needed to power the Barge is generated 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.” It is the only fully functioning demonstration of renewable energy supporting sustainable food production in New York. It is now docked in downtown Yonkers just north of the Yonkers Pier. The Science Barge is open to the public on the weekends from 12-6pm. The Science Barge is also open for weekday educational programs and field trips for schools, camps, and other groups from mid-April through the beginning of November. Programs range from 1-3 hours and cost $200-$475. We are currently scheduling field trips for the summer and fall! Call 914-375-2151 or e-mail sciencebarge@groundworkhv.org if you are interested in booking.
Parking: Street Parking
Nearest public transportation stop: Yonkers Train Station
Play area: No
Party room: No

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