I had the pleasure of working with Megan and New York Sun Works at my last school. They provided all the equipment, training, and curriculum, as well as maintenance and programing support for the hydroponics classroom there. I have to say, of the many school-based partners that I have worked with in my career, Sun Works is top of the list in terms of the quality of support and the resources that they provide.
NY Sun Works is an extraordinary organization. I am amazed at how comprehensive the educational program is for the K-12th grade students. Not only do they get to learn from seed to harvest about hydroponic growing (including pollination!!!) but they get to take home healthy and nutritious vegetables to their families and continue the conversation at home. I am truly honored to be a part of such an important organization and will continue to support NY Sun Works into the future as we strive to reach 300 NYC schools.
I am extremely proud to support an organization as impactful and innovate as New York Sun Works. When I was looking into organizations to help and support, I wanted to find one that made a measurable impact while looking to solve real-world challenges. New York Sun Works was a perfect fit. Their partnership with schools not only allows students to get a hands-on experience in STEM projects, but also creates measurable impacts with the next generation of innovators and problem solvers. I could not be more proud to say that I am a member of the New York Sun Works associate board.
NY Sun Works' innovative programs meet so many crucial education needs, helping kids build proficiency in science, expanding access to quality, hands-on learning to the students who need it most, and giving students a real-world understanding of the causes and prospective solutions to sustainability challenges -- while growing fresh food to share with their families and communities. I'm proud to support them and excited to see them to grow!
Working with NY Sun Works has been a seamless experience. I work with a small school in Jamaica Queens, and we are seeking a grant to fund our program with NY Sun Works. Everyone in the organization has been generous with their time and knowledge to fulfill this grant and bring this project to life. I am so excited to continue to work with them, as we bring this program to life!
It has been a pleasure for our school (Brooklyn Urban Garden Charter School: BUGS) to partner with NY Sunworks. The staff and leadership at NY Sunworks are thoughtful, innovative, knowledgeable, professional and true educational partners. They have helped our school put hydroponic labs in each of our 3 middle school science classrooms. This helped us to realize the other part of our mission which is not just to bring the classrooms OUT into our outdoor gardens and the real world, but to bring outside innovations INTO our classrooms. The labs provide a way for our students to explore environmental, social and economic sustainability in a hands on way throughout the school year, versus just the gardening months. The staff's expertise and flexibility were of special importance during this pandemic time. Since BUGS and NY Sunworks have grown in parallel these last 9-10 years, I am particularly proud and excited for how NY Sunworks has grown-- affecting so many kids' lives and their ability to see and face our challenging future.
NY Sun Works is a phenomenal non-profit. I’ve been supporting them since they began 10 years ago and am continually impressed with their growth - both in the number of schools they serve and the depth of the educational opportunities they provide. I believe their commitment to climate change — a central core of their program — should be a crucial component of every kids education.
I recently saw first hand the dedication and commitment of their entire staff when I worked with them (as a volunteer) to help open a pop-up classroom on Astor Place. With a tight schedule and a lean budget, the team built a fully operational model hydroponic classroom in record time. Everyone pulled together to create an energized, educational, and stunning space. When I walk into their pop-up classroom brimming over with lettuce, kale, basil and more, I wish I could go back to school and experience the wonder of learning and growing in one of their beautiful labs.
NY Sunworks has created labs and programs that not only teach science to kids, it also changes the way they think about science and their own role in sustaining the earth. It's had a profound impact in NYC public schools and has designed robust curricula for science and sustainability. The Youth Conference gives the students a chance to present real scientific findings to their peers and mentors.
I am a professor of sustainability action in a post graduate program consisting of K-12 educators exploring how to bring sustainable practices in to their classrooms. NY Sun Works' hydroponic farming program hits the mark by empowering students to take ownership of growing food and collaborating with fellow classmates. During the pandemic NY Sun Works sent home kits enabling students to grow produce at home thereby staying connected to the natural world and to one another. Hannah J. the liaison and presenter from NY Sun Works brings her breadth of knowledge and contagious enthusiasm to presentations. Our students need a connection to nature, especially now, with the impacts of COVID 19. NY Sun Works' programs and resilient approach delivers.
I facilitated NYSW in developing their next strategic plan and had the opportunity to meet leadership, board, the full staff, and many partners, teachers, administrators who work with NYSW. I was deeply impressed with the passion, dedication, and professionalism of NYSW's operation. Every partner I interviewed has LOVED their experience with NYSW because of how much of a positive impact it makes on kids lives. NYSW is the perfect balance of a well run operation connected to a powerful mission. Some day they may have to change their name because this model should be in so many cities! Keep up the great work.
I love how much personalized care is provided by Sun Works. The curriculum specialists help teachers to tailor lessons for your students. The maintenance team is super knowledgable. They make you feel comfortable and confident to plant on your own and even experiment with growing new veggies! Our students love how green the classroom is and how it is always changing. I would recommend Sun Works to all schools in the DOE.
New York Sun Works Inc are one of the best organizations I have ever dealt with. My main point of contact is Megan Nordgren and she is very professional and helpful. I dealt also briefly with other team members and they are all very pleasant to deal with and have a very positive attitude. Clearly everyone I met in this organization is very dedicated and love what they do.
GREAT mission, GREAT team! the CLOZTALK team is honored to call this org a partner & promote its good work!
>> Jonny Imerman, co-founder
NY Sun Works' innovative hydroponics projects and stellar support have enabled our students at P.S. 12, The Dr. Jacqueline Peek Davis Elementary School, to forge deep connections to the natural world. Megan and Barry are AMAZING and have been instrumental in helping P.S. 12 use limited space and resources to create an unrivaled learning experience!
Great program providing a much needed resource for food production and sustainability education in New York city schools. I wish I had something like this when I was going to school in NYC. Hydroponics is a truly great way for students to learn about nutrient cycling, and is a tool that can help underserved NY communities achieve food sovereignty, so I think it's incredible that NY Sunworks is working so hard to facilitate kids getting access to this education.
Sun works is a wonderful opportunity for students who have physical disabilities to participate in very meaningful ways with their typically developing peers. The leaders at Sun Works have always sought out occupational therapists to learn how best to adapt tools and activities in the Greenhouse to support students with disabilities so that they too can learn and enjoy their experience there. There is a sense of urgency in making sure that Sun Works continues to engage all of our students as they learn about how to cultivate and continue building on a proper verdant and ecological society. The sensual experience of working with the earth, compost, plants and sunlight are urgent and necessary during this very complicated time. With gratitude to New York Sun Works for its positive impact on the lives of children and youth, Dr. Laurette Olson
New York Sun Works is an innovative organization. They offered my students a comprehensive and engaging presentation. The staff is friendly and supportive. I am so excited about their work and appreciate their commitment to building a sustainable future.
We have been working with NY Sun Works for about 2 years (unofficially) to help us launch our interdisciplinary Indoor Agriculture program at Northern Michigan University. They have been a pleasure to work with - extremely professional, helpful and collaborative. We very much look forward to building upon our relationship as their vision and passion are what our young students need!
NY Sun Works is an incredible organization that cares deeply about the work that they do. They are invested in the partnerships they create with schools and cultivate genuine connections through their team members’ commitment and passion for teaching others to grow food. They are a wonderful resource for local communities!
I’ve been following and supporting New York Sun Works since The Greenhouse Project began 10 years ago with the construction of its first state-of-the-science greenhouse lab on the rooftop of a Manhattan public elementary school. Today, with more than 130 greenhouse labs built in NYC public schools, NYSW has risen to the challenges of the current health crisis by creating innovative remote learning solutions, such as their recently-deployed STEM kits, so that children can learn from home. Impressive!
I´m a proud supporter of New York Sun Works and its star program The Greenhouse Project since 2008, when the first greenhouse science lab was built atop a public school in Manhattan. The idea was to create a laboratory facility in which public school children could learn the sciences, including environmental science, through a hand-on approach and through experimentation. Today, many more greenhouse labs have been completed in all 5 boroughs to the benefit of over four thousand children, and hundreds of teachers have received DOA-approved training on how to better utilize these lab facilities. NYSW is well on its way to reach its goal of building 100 Greenhouse labs by the end of the decade.
NYSW is a wonderful non profit responsible for my daughter’s grade and middle school curriculum. Her time in the Greenhouse at school learning and harvesting as a community is one of her best memories of MSC. As a non profit, NYSW is transparent and responsible with their funds.
NY Sun Works has been a great hands on experience for my students in the Science Lab. Students’ have been able to learn about everything from healthy food choices that are grown and eaten in the classroom to modern day farming with hydroponics.
This year, despite the difficulties that we all had to face during this current pandemic, NY Sun Works decided to host their Youth Conference remotely which gave many students like us, a chance to still participate and be able to present the work that we've accomplished throughout the school year. As a student who has participated in the conference, I was so inspired by all the different types of projects that were presented! Even during such a difficult time, the community of NY Sun Works is ever so motivated and resilient to share their work and shed light on educating others about environmental issues and more.
So impressed with the work that this group has accomplished. School science labs need hydroponics, and they are hard at work on the issue.
NY Sunworks has steered my passion for the sustainability sciences. Without their involvement in my school, I wouldn't have had the pleasure to cultivate fresh produce in the comfort of my classroom. I consider the greenhouse to be a second home. My ongoing participation allowed me to become more familiar with my surroundings. Now, I advocate for environmental justice for future generations. NY Sunworks has definitely jumpstarted my drive for social change.
I love supporting an organization that has the ability to change the future of so many children through education. Sun Works’s hands on approach makes learning science and learning about sustainability and nutrition fun and meaningful.
It is my hope that they keep growing and expanding their program to many more schools.
Sunworks is impactful for kids and communities in the short term, but more importantly, in the long term by instilling in the next generation the knowledge and impact that they can have on their community and the planet. To see the excitement and joy that the kids experience as they learn about science and sustainability gives us hope for the future.
NY Sunworks have delivered projects on time and have been very detailed in their project reports and requirements. We have had a pleasant work experience with them.
I was lucky to have a Greenhouse Project classroom in my school. The program allowed me to learn about science and sustainability from 2nd to 8th grade. My favorite system was the aquaponic tank or fish farm. While the program was about STEM with a focus on environmental science, we also learned about climate change, food systems, and other related topics, but most importantly, we learned how we can make a difference in the sustainability of our planet.
I have been collaborating with the NY Sun Works since February 2019 and I can assure that it has been a truly rewarding experience so far. It has given me the amazing opportunity to see the direct effect of the programs on children in expanding their scope of education to include environmental matters in their interests. In an era where there is significant apathy towards larger matters affecting the globe, it is tremendously rewarding to see children and teenagers learning to become passionate about climate change and other global risks.
I always learn something new and exciting at the PDs. Love NY Sunworks.
Chancellor’s Day PD at PS199 was incredible! Hands on learning from Amber Carlin-Mishkin and JoEllen Schuleman made hydroponics come alive! NYSunworks thank you for this stellar day of learning.
I've been working with NY Sunworks for 4 years now. Every workshop is informative and hands-on. The staff is knowledgeable and professional. They are a true inspiration to urban farming!!
This is a wonderful addition to our school and has helped our students and community.
Students enjoy learning with their innovative labs!
NY Sunworks has helped to elevate my school in ways we will benefit from for years to come. P.S. 14 is one of the most socioeconomically challenged schools in the borough of Queens. We could not raise the money for a hydroponics lab within our community so NYSunworks found us a donor that not only provided the capital for the project, but, came to be part of the hydroponics systems installation.
Every time my students enter the science lab, their eyes light up with wonder and I know that something powerful is being sparked within them that wasn't there before.
Furthermore, with the ongoing support that NYSunworks staff is giving us, I know that we will soon be providing our school community with fresh, healthy produce and the skills they need to grow their own food at home.
We are extremely grateful that this organization exists and that we are a part of the life changing work that they do.
I am a supporter of this organization for their wondeful work at public schools teaching youth about what really matters in the 21st century: science and climate education.
NY sun works is an org I'm incredibly proud to support. Throughout the years, they've been able to bring alternative thinking to a one size fits all education for public schools in NYC that's really changing the way kids interact with their own studies. It was incredible to see the effects of that at last year's benefit, where 2 of the most brilliant kids I'd ever met came on stage to talk about how learning in a greenhouse had given newfound enthusiasm to their classroom's view of science. Looking forward to them inevitably expanding to new frontiers!!!
A great organization that's committed to providing NYC youth with the tools they will need for a productive future. In a city where we can easily feel disconnected from the natural environment, they teach kids the importance of our natural world in ways that are truly engaging.
My company has a charitable giving program so our group wanted to find a cause to support. I searched the internet and came upon the New York Sunworks organization.
This non-profit helps mostly urban schools develop a program to teach students about hydroponic farming technology. I thought what a great program - teaching kids/young adults science and sustainability through hands-on experience.
Since then, we received approval to support the program, volunteered to help build the lab, and attended the Youth Conference, which was inspiring to see so many students going up on stage to present their experiments, findings, and learnings.
We will continue to support Sunworks for as along a we can. It has been a great rewarding and educational experience for us as well. Well done, everyone at Sunworks!
I've really enjoyed working with New York Sun Works. They helped us design and build a new hydroponics lab at our school. This took a lot of coordinating and communicating with the School Construction Authority and would probably have overwhelmed me with my teaching load. The final result is beautiful. Now that the school year has begun they are so supportive in terms of helping to anticipate what supplies we need and training a cohort of teachers each week. As a teacher, doing this type of hands-on work is so much easier with their support. Our students are already planting seeds and excited for their first harvest.
One thing that I really appreciate about NY Sunworks is their commitment to the environment. Students are not just learning about plants, but about energy, water, waste, food justice, etc. This is what we strive for at City-As-School; interdisciplinary, real-world learning and NY Sunworks has helped us provide that for our students!
NY Sun Works has been our partner for several years. They assisted us in running hydroponics based professional development and now they support us in our greenhouse hydroponic systems. The whole team is very accessible and is a pleasure to work with. No question is too big or too small. Our center really enjoys this partnership with NY Sun Works.
The GESC Team
Last year, I joined the NY SunWorks family as a Hydroponic Lab Instructor. My school, The Benjamin Franklin Magnet School, opened it's doors to a new way of learning and a new way of seeing the world thru a student's eyes. It was a joy to teach young urban children who thought that tomatoes were "made" at the grocery store, covered in a cellophane wrapper. To see their eyes widen as gourds and cucumbers grew and hung on the vine. To witness as they explored how fresh lettuce tasted. It was love at first bite. As I go into my second year, I have the pleasure of continuing to be part of a family that believes that every child deserves to know where their food comes from. And believe me, it's not a cellophane wrapper.
My school is in partnership with New York Sun Works and our greenhouse classroom is such an amazing space for learning. My students look forward to science and our time with the hydroponic systems. The GHC is the perfect vehicle to not just make science real, but to cultivate students' interest in being a steward of our planet and making more sustainable choices.
Thomas A. Edison Career & Technical High School began using NY Sunworks two years ago. NY Sunworks has been instrumental in helping us create and expand our Hydroponic Gardens. As a result of our collaboration, students with disabilities have not only learned an invaluable skill set that may serve them well in the 21st century job market, but have also learned the value of self-sustainability and the importance of our role in various environmental issues.
We plan to continue our relationship with this non-profit for years to come and would highly recommend them.
They are fantastic! Responsive, helpful and efficient.
Edward R. Murrow High School's greenhouse was in need of some TLC. We were fortunate to have obtained a new state-of-the art Hydroponics and Aquaponics systems thanks to the diligent work of Ms. Sidsel Robarts and the entire SunWorks staff. Our greenhouse went from a forgotten place to now a place buzzing with students excited to learn about its systems. Students of all levels are looking forward to learning about sustainability and doing research. We could not have possibly done so well without SunWorks guiding us every step of the way .
The attention to detail and countless hours of work that the SunWorks staff invested in to making sure that all systems were working correctly is truly admirable. Dealing with all of our questions and concerns, while reassuring us in every step of the way is very much appreciated. SunWorks also provided us with hands-on and much needed Professional Development. Our teachers are still talking about their presentation, abuzz with ideas on how to use of our wonderful greenhouse. This has inspired them to create innovative lessons and even what maybe the very first high school sustainability curriculum.
Your continued support is very much appreciated. There are no words that can ever express our gratitude towards every single member of the SunWorks staff. Your team is truly amazing! I can not wait to see what the future brings. On behalf of our students and staff, Thank you!
NY Sun Works was a great place to volunteer. I got to build skills doing hydroponics and aquaponics in a way that I had to really understand those systems in order to maintain them. Plus I could take home some fresh greens when in abundance! They also helped fund my cricket project, which incorporated the idea of circulating nutrients within the lab setting by adding insects. Everyone was really greatful that I could volunteer time, plus it was doing something I loved.
I have supported NYSW for a number of years and watched them grow. NYSW is very well organized, and despite all kinds of hurdles and oppositions that non-profits come up against, the determination of this small group of women has been formidable. They now they have 44 greenhouse classrooms installed and 31 more about to be built. What better way to teach children about sustainability, respecting the environment, and responsibility than having a live greenhouse to teach them in.
I have supported NYSW for a number of years because I believe in their mission. I have watched them responsibly grow and reach more and more young people in schools and train teachers. With the Climate Crisis clearly growing and becoming more and more a reality it is the children who will save the planet. NYSW is giving them the education they need and deserve to solve our future environmental problems.
NYSW is the real deal. This organization has grown organically under the leadership of parents, teachers, and scientists, and added more schools and more projects every year since 2008. The impact is large and growing, and the return on investment is phenomenal because of the leverage built into the NYSW model, which uses donor funds to kindle projects but requires each school community to raise additional capital and operational costs. NYSW has a proven model for gathering our scholastic communities together to build better science labs in our schools and more scientific minds in our children.
The Aquaponics module was an exciting exposure to modern ways of sustainably farming all kinds of food including fish. We were tasked to create our own aquaponics systems that thrived in our classrooms. I had a lot of fun seeing how easy it can be to build sustainable growing options while also collaborating with friends.
The Nysunworks youth conference was very interesting. It helped further my knowledge of sustainable solutions to earth's present problems. The students were well researched and spoke of all of the aspects of sustainability. I really enjoyed attending.
los objetivos que tiene esta organización, son sumamente importantes en nuestro tiempo, pero lo que es realmente admirable es el método que han implementado ya que la educación sobre la naturaleza , no debe ser sólo teórica , sino que la práctica diaria y el contacto que los alumnos tienen constantemente con los procesos biologicos y quimicos que se desarrollan en la naturaleza, hacen que esta forme parte del mismo alumno, no como una materia más , sino como parte de la misma vida.
I have been a board member for NYSunworks for around 10 years and this is one of the most impressive non-profits I've come across. First off, this an incredibly frugal organization with an extremely low budget for the number of children it services and the range of its programs. The two directors Manuela Zamora and Sidsel Robards are paid employees of the organization, but the amount of work they put in is more than double for which they are paid. They do this out of passion for the project because they love what they are doing and know they are bringing something special and valuable to the kids. This is one of those few home-run charities: the kids love it so much attendance goes up on the days they have this class (which is an amazing feat for schools that have attendance problems); the children's grades go up an average of one full grade for science; the teachers, principals, and parents love it; the money donated is used effectively and never wasted.
Six years ago my good friend asked me to help with fund raising for an environmental science lab she wanted to build in a local NYC school. It was a totally new idea and we were so proud that we were able to get one funded and built. But we decided that one Greenhouse Project was not enough and that we needed to roll it out on a larger scale. I'm proud to say we now have more than 30 projects at various stages of completion and we have more interest than we would have ever dreamed of. But I'm also super proud at how well the organization is run, how frugal and careful our board is with the money we raise, how efficiently our directors manage the organization and projects; and best of all, how much the children, teachers, and parents love the program. It's really a special charity.
As a greenhouse intern, I worked in a great environment and with great people. I learned a lot about sustainability and relationships between city, food and health. It was a wonderful experience. NYSW works is an extraordinary way with kids and teacher to build a better future.
As a greenhouse intern, I have the privilege of working in these amazing spaces and assisting innovative teachers who introduce children to a variety of scientific concepts through hydroponic and aquaponic systems. It is wonderful to see how urban and local food production is normalized for these kids, and how much they enjoy working with plants, insects, fish and lab equipment, even clean-up tools! New York Sun Works is running a great organization that addresses a real need in our educational system—I hope this amazing opportunity is extended to as many kids as possible.
I think is one of the best curriculums I have seen incorporated in schools. Not only do the students get the opportunity to learn sustainability and science through a hands on approach, but they also get an introduction into the process of food production and what good food tastes like.
my school was goven the privelege of a hydroponic greenhouse by NYSunworks. It is a wonderful place with msny lesrning oppurtunities
As a former student of a greenhouse project school I loved learning science through the hydroponics technology provided in the greenhouse. The hydroponics systems gave me independence to discover scientific concepts on my own as well as made the learning of the curriculum we would have otherwise learned in a classroom much more interesting.
Education is the long term solution to sustainability and NY Sun Works brings an innovative view of how to address this. Furthermore, this organization creates genuine interest from kids not only in sustainability but in their overall school program. I know about children that have become enthusiastic to study science and that now understand better how the whole ecosystem is connected and how they can help the world to be more sustainable
New York Sun Works is the perfect example of a high impact organization. It is not only about building greenhouse labs and teaching science and sustainability, it is about addressing today's issues of global environmental concerns, improving families and communities, sharing and engaging... building a better future
New York Sun Works is a wonderful, innovative organization that is bringing hydroponic farming to urban students throughout the city. I am lucky to be able to work with them and teach my students how living in an urban environment does not mean we can't have access to freshly grown produce in school and even in our homes! It's opened up students' minds (and teachers) to the ways of future farming, even on a small scale. New York Sun Works' innovation has made this all possible. Also, with the curriculum they've created, our students are given the opportunity to learn about today's environmental issues and how to make changes in our own lives. Plus, as the school's Sustainability Coordinator, the big concepts embedded in their curriculum ties in well to how we move to a more sustainable way of living.