In just a few months, construction will begin on PS 84’s rooftop hydroponic greenhouse, the first of its kind in North Brooklyn.
Before that happens, two of its leading supporters, Borough President Marty Markowitz and Councilmember Diana Reyna will have reached their term limits in office. To thank them, as well as Assemblyman Joe Lentol and Councilmember Steve Levin, also project supporters, on Wednesday, December 11th, parents, students, teachers and education advocates held an appreciation ceremony at the school.
The 1,500 square foot rooftop greenhouse will help students understand ecology, natural resource management and the connection between food production and nutrition, and inspire future scientists, engineers, mathematicians and urban farmers. It will also serve as a resource for the community, offering adult education, after-school and summer programs.
The total cost for the project was $1.2 million. Lentol made the initial contribution to get the ball rolling and Markowitz, Reyna and Levin covered most of the balance for construction. $100K for architect (Kiss + Cathcart, who also designed the new Bushwick Inlet building), engineering and design fees, as well as the indoor “green room” was raised privately from donors including Two Trees, Broadway Stages, Elaine and Norm Brodsky, Waste Management, Corcoran (Lior Barak, Leigh Goodwin and Christine Blackburn) and Louis Silverman.
Funding for the project was spearheaded by PS 84 moms, Heather Langsner and Diana Zelvin. Additional funding was raised at PS 84 PTA fundraisers and through PS 84 family donations.