• College gets vineyard aid for its farm

10 Nov

BROOKLYN, NY — A California vineyard today announced it is teaming up with Kingsborough Community College to help launch the Kingsborough Urban Farm, the local college’s first project of this kind.

The project, formally called “Build a Garden in Brooklyn,” will be integrated into the school’s academic program and will provide students with the opportunity to grow and harvest healthy, organic produce. The new culinary arts program, student-catering firm, and college cafeteria will use the food produced from the Urban Farm to feed and educate students.

Kingsborough Community College is located on a 71-acre campus in the Manhattan Beach area on the southern tip of Brooklyn. It was founded in 1963 and today serves approximately 30,000 students per year, offering a wide range of credit and non-credit courses in the liberal arts and career education, as well as a number of specialized programs.  The campus overlooks three bodies of water: Sheepshead Bay, Jamaica Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.

DeLoach Vineyards, located in the Sonoma Valley, has a reputation of leadership in sustainable practices, innovative “green” technology. It began its conversion to organic and Biodynamic farming practices in 2004.  It achieved organic certification from CCOF in 2008 and earned Demeter certification for its Biodynamic vineyard practices in 2009.

The 2010 harvest is the first as a Biodynamic-certified estate. Many years ago, DeLoach said in a statement, it converted its winery horse pasture into a half-acre organic and Biodynamic® garden of seasonally fresh produce that DeLoach chefs use to prepare meals for winery visitors and employees year-round. In addition, DeLoach emphasizes sustainable farming and the conversion to organic and Biodynamic farming with its grower partners, helping, for example, the Maboroshi Vineyard convert from conventional to Biodynamic practices.  Furthermore, DeLoach uses renewable energy, and reduces its water usage through implementation of an innovative membrane bio-reactor that relies on micro-organisms to purify water used in the winemaking process so it can then be used for landscaping and vineyard irrigation, saving up to two million gallons of water per year.

To spotlight the partnership with KCC, bottle neckers made of seed paper with annual and perennial wildflower seeds will be placed on DeLoach bottles in stores throughout New York City. Fifty cents from the sale of every bottle of DeLoach in the city, up to $5,000, will be donated to help jumpstart the KCC Organic Urban Farm. The sales-focused program will continue to run through January 2011.

No mention yet of planting grapevines on campus, but can such a project be far behind?

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Posted by on November 10, 2010 in Agriculture, Brooklyn, NYC


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