New York’s Science Barge: A Floating, Carbon Neutral, Hydroponic Farm

Welcome to the Science Barge, operated by Groundwork Hudson Valley and designed by the New York Sun Works Center for Sustainable Engineering. This is the world’s first floating hydroponic farm, which allows them to not only create tons of hydroponic food, but also to do it in a closed loop system that has no net carbon footprint.

Docked outside of Yonker’s, New York, the goal of the Science Barge is to promote food production within cities around the world in an ecologically sustainable way.

On the barge, they grow an abundance of fresh produce including tomatoes, melons, greens, and lettuce with zero net carbon emissions, zero pesticides, and zero runoff. All of the energy needed to power the Barge is generated by solar panels, wind turbines, and biofuels while the hydroponic greenhouse is irrigated solely by collected  rainwater and purified river water, thus operating completely “off the grid.”

So running off nothing but sunlight and old french fry grease, they’ve managed to make a floating farm that can teach people about hydroponics while also delivering lots of food which will soon be sold in local NY farmer’s markets. If (when) the zombie apocalypse comes, I know where I’m going first…

The Science Barge is open for weekday educational programs and field trips for schools, camps, and other groups from mid-April through the beginning of November.  Programs range from 1-3 hours and cost $175-$450.