A total of $4.6 million has been secured for a brand new STEM greenhouse facility at Rachel Carson High School for Coastal Studies, Council Member Mark Treyger announced.
The greenhouse will be located on the east side of the school site and will focus on expanding the availability of fresh food and sustainable agricultural practices for students, families, and the entire school community. It is currently in the design phase and construction will be shortly after that is complete. The project is respected to take 18-24 months to complete, and will include:
State-of-the-art greenhouse and urban farm
Create an edible garden from seed to table
Expansion of the hydroponics and aquaponics programs
Provide the greater Coney Island community with access to fresh and healthy produce options
Connect to a project-based curriculum centered on sustainability, environment, and green-based career planning for students
New curriculum based on sustainable urban farming and healthy nutritional programming