Our 2017 Projects
Aquaponics at Hellgate Farm
Urban gardens have been experimenting with Hydroponics
for some time in order to increase efficiency and alleviate the need to continually replenish various resources. Going a step further, ESW-NYC is now working to introduce land-based aquaculture to community growing areas in the New York City area. Aquaponics
, as it is called, combines conventional aquaculture (raising aquatic animals in tanks) with hydroponics in a symbiotic environment.
In 2017, ESW-NYC is partnering with Hellgate Farm
, a residential farm with seven sites in Astoria, Queens. Hellgate owner Robert McGrath is providing space, tools, and helping hands to build and deploy the first system. While Hellgate has operated a hydroponics system in the past, Robert wishes to gain the added benefits of an even more resource-efficient, closed system.
The Aquaponics system at Hellgate is a great opportunity for ESW-NYC to try out one of the coolest new agriculture technologies and, based the gained experience, to continually improve on the design.
Follow our progress at Hellgate Farm here
Visionmaker NYC is a web-based, user-friendly, environmental modeling system for New York City created by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). The website allows users to choose a climate scenario, quality of life and precipitation events as parameters, collectively referred to as a “Vision” for the city. The model then predicts water consumption, biodiversity, greenhouse gas emission and sustainable population for a selected section of NYC. Users can then change the ecosystems and land uses present in their chosen geographical area. For example, buildings could be replaced with wetland, and users could observe the impact on stormwater runoff. Learn More...
Our Past Projects
- 2016 Hydroponics Workshop
- 2016 Start of Visionmaker NYC Project
- 2017 Collaboration with MIT Solve