Randall's Island Urban Farm is an approximately one acre urban farm created and maintained by the Randall's Island Park Alliance (RIPA). As a partnership between RIPA and GrowNYC, the farm hosts a free hands-on educational program to engage New York City public school students, summer camp groups, and local communities in the production, preparation, and consumption of healthy, well grown food. The Urban Farm contains three inner city rice paddies, a chicken coop with 9 hens, a grains garden, and medicinal plants in addition to a medley of fruits and vegetables.
Farm visits include hands-on garden activities such as planting, watering, weeding, mulching, harvesting, and a sensory exploration of the farm. Students learn about basic botany, nutrition, history of farming in New York City, and how to prepare healthy tasty snacks with produce from the garden.
RIPA and GrowNYC hope that by exposing both children and adults to a diverse array of nutritious and flavorful foods as part of an experiential and educational program, as well as bring awareness to urban farming’s environmental benefits, we can encourage them to make healthy choices for their bodies and for their communities!
Registration for the rest of the 2013 season is currently closed until further notice. We have had an overwhelming volume of requests. Schools will be contacted individually from our waitlist to schedule a limited number of trips during our Fall season. If you would like to be added to the waitlist to be contacted if space becomes available, or when it is time to schedule our Spring 2014 season, please fill out this form: Randall’s Island Urban Farm Waitlist. We truly appreciate all the enthusiastic interest in our program and we are working diligently to expand our program in order to accommodate this growing interest in the coming seasons!