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September 2023

CBSNews: Students Across 60 NYC Schools are Getting an Urban Farming Curriculum

There was a lot of excitement on the first day of school at Junior High School 218 in East New York. "I'm happy to see all my teachers, new teachers, old teachers," said eighth grader Jessica McAllister. Especially one classroom in particular, where yellow peppers, ripe tomatoes, and fragrant basil greeted students on their first day. "Did not expect this, but is very interesting to be here. It's very innovative as well, and I'm just excited to learn about it," says Ahnaf Ishrar, also in 8th grade.

August 2023

KCC: From Soil to Solution: Kingsborough Community College’s Hydroponic Project Ushers in a Sustainable Farming Era

Kingsborough Community College of the City University of New York (KCC) has received a grant of $250,000 to launch a groundbreaking two-year initiative to equip New Yorkers with the knowledge and skills needed to excel in the emerging hydroponic farming sector. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) awarded the grant as part of a $4.7 million investment in agricultural workforce training at community colleges.

August 2023

HarlemWorld: NY Sun Works Announces New Education Director And The Addition Of Hydroponic Specialists

 New York Sun Works Director Manuela Zamora today announced Liz McKoy to fill the new role of Education Director. As well as addition 11 more hydroponic specialists will join the nonprofit organization.

June 2023

iGrowNews: Brooklyn Schools Get Boost for Green Education and Workforce Training from Rep. Yvette Clarke

Manuela Zamora, Executive Director of NY Sun Works, and Congresswoman Yvette Clarke (NY-09) announced a significant advancement in climate and sustainability education. The expansion involves installing state-of-the-art hydroponic farms and introducing a high school-level agriculture workforce development program in 20 Brooklyn schools. The unveiling of this $800,000 investment took place at Edward R. Murrow High School and was realized through the Community Project Funding initiative.

May 2023

HarlemWorld: NY Sun Works Hosted NYC Students At Its 12th Annual Science Youth Conference

NY Sun Works hosted 900 young people from Harlem to The Hudson yesterday at their 12th Annual Discovering Sustainability Science Youth Conference. The event took place at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City.

May 2023

Patch: Brooklyn School Plans Experiential Campus at Floyd Bennett Field with NY Sun Works

On Friday, May 5, Launch Expeditionary Learning Charter School (Launch), its nonprofit partners, and elected officials unveiled for a seven-acre experiential learning campus with a new high school and world-class facilities where students and community members will build pathways to green jobs and develop solutions to climate change, food injustice, and systemic racism.

March 2023

NYCFoodPolicy: A Non-Profit Paves the Way for Sustainable Indoor Urban Farming in New York City: NY Sun Works

 New York Sun Works is a non-profit that builds state-of-the-art hydroponic labs in New York City schools. Their sustainability science and climate education program combines indoor farming with classroom instruction in order to engage children in grades K through 12 in hands-on learning while growing hundreds of pounds of vegetables year round.

March 2023

RadioKingston: Hydroponic Farms in Schools and Holistic Health, Interview with Manuela Zamora

Celebrating Women's Month, we met Bolivian immigrant Manuela Zamora, director of NY Sun Works, which aims to help change school classrooms and has started classes in NYC, where her children studied. This program is already present in more than 200 schools between New York City and some in the Hudson Valley.

February 2023

BronxFreePress: Bounty in the Bronx – Hydroponic Farm Program Expanded in Public Schools

Just electricity and water. Hydroponics technology is a type of “vertical farming” that allows for the production of plants in an indoor environment without the need for soil. Instead, a mineral-based solution and special LED lighting can be used to nourish plants.

January 2023

QueensChronicle: CM Schulman Delivers 600 STEM Kits to Queens Schools with NY Sun Works: Hydroponic Handout in D29

Councilmember Lynn Schulman (D-Forest Hills) in partnership with New York Sun Works, distributed 600 hydroponics kits at three schools in her District 29 on Friday. Students at PS 54 in Richmond Hill, PS 99 in Kew Gardens and PS 144 in Forest Hills will have the chance to participate in a 10-lesson curriculum as they watch their plants grow.

January 2023

Dialogo Abierto: Horticultura Hidropónica en El Bronx y Nueva York, Manuela Zamora

En esta edición de Diálogo Abierto hablamos con Manuel Zamora directora ejecutiva de NY Sun Works sobre horticultura hidropónica en las escuelas en El Bronx y Nueva York.

December 2022

CaribbeanLife: Rep. Clarke Includes Funding for Hydroponic Farming in Schools in Federal Budget

Caribbean American Democratic Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke said on Friday that she voted in favor of the bipartisan $1.7 trillion spending bill for fiscal year 2023 that passed in the United States House of Representatives.

November 2022

QNS.com: Astoria Queens Energy Tech High School Welcomes New Hydroponic Classroom

November 2022

BronxNews12: Bronx School Celebrates Thanksgiving with Hydroponic Harvest, Thanks to Sun Club Grant

News 12's Kurt Semder sits down with Dr. Dia Bryant, the executive director of the Education Trust New York, about the latest state math and reading test results.

November 2022

BKReader: NY Sun Works Opens New Hydroponic Farm Classroom in East Flatbush

Students enrolled in the NY Sun Works program are more likely to score higher on the 4th grade science achievement test scores, according data acquired by the nonprofit.

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