The Barge is a one-of-a-kind, floating environmental education center powered by renewable energy that is entirely off-the-grid, even collecting rainwater from its roof. Its hydroponic, aeroponic and aquaponic greenhouse grows the equivalent of an acre of farmland, faster than soil-based farming. Our growing systems, combined with our unique nutrient cycling system, enable us to quickly grow over an acre of food in a much shorter growing season.
In non pandemic times, touring the Barge is inspirational, as visitors are treated to panoramic views of Manhattan, the Palisades, and Hook Mountain. At the same time, it is one of the nation’s best Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education centers, especially for under-resourced school districts. Its interconnected, high-tech exhibits demonstrate how we can live more sustainably in our cities and the curriculum covers an incredible breadth of topics that focus on the most pressing environmental issues of the 21st Century.
Currently, while the Science Barge is on PAUSE as a public education center, we are uniquely positioned to address growing issues of food insecurity in Southwest Yonkers. Instead of growing small numbers of many types of produce for educational purposes, we are changing course to grow fewer varieties at a much larger scale to support increasingly food insecure residents in our community. We will focus on growing organic, pesticide free, high yield varieties of greens, cucumbers, and tomatoes that are increasingly difficult to source locally, responding to a need that Groundwork is uniquely equipped to address.
We are also transitioning our sustainability and climate change educational programming, previously delivered through field trips on the Science Barge, into virtual platforms to support our teachers, parents, and caregivers in need of remote learning opportunities for young people.
$100 - Funds supplies for our end of the year volunteer thank you party
$250 - Funds the cost of a digital classroom trip to the Science Barge for a Yonkers Public School class
$500 - Supports the purchase of new wind turbines or solar panels
$1000 - Supports the purchase of new or upgraded maintenance tools used on the Barge
$2,000 - Funds replacement of Science Barge banners
$5,000 - Funds the upgrade of the Science Barge water filtration system that would provide potable filtered water to use for drinking, watering and cleaning
$10,000 - Supports the renovation of the Science Barge lavatory facilities
Recurring donations are the best way to give steady support.
Groundwork Hudson Valley is a recognized 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. No goods or services were provided in exchange for your contribution.