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The NYC Eco-Schools Manhattan SC Gathering at 5th Street Farm

was a great success!! Check out the gallery for images from the event.

NYC Eco-Schools Manhattan SC Gathering,

May 25, 2016

NYC Eco-Schools


On May 25, 2016, NYC Eco-Schools hosted its Manhattan Sustainability Coordinator Gathering at The Earth School and Fifth Street Farm. Some 35 educators heard from Earth School Principal Abbe Futterman about the school's founding, progressive educational vision, and integration of gardening and sustainability into the curriculum; parent and gardener Frances Anderson described how the rooftop farm is cared for and used by teachers and students to learn about a variety of topics including sustainable agriculture, stormwater management, pollinators and climate change; 5th Street Farm manager and Board of Directors member Doug Fountain discussed how the rooftop project was launched and completed, and how it's managed now. Attendees proceeded upstairs for a tour of the farm with a packet of activities and sample curriculum prepared by Principal Abbe. The rooftop garden was in full bloom and inspired many to create rooftop gardens at their own schools.

Annie Novak, founder of Eagle Street Rooftop Farm, writes about using urban rooftops for gardening and mentions 5th Street Farm

check out this article about Fifth Street Farm architect Michael Arad:


Roof-Roaring Fundraiser Was a Smash!



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Food! Wine! Music! Compost! Stars!

Help our rooftop garden grow! Names of people who purchase tickets will be kept at the door. 


(ADULTS ONLY! For legal reasons, children under 21 not permitted in building during event.)

Jimmy Carbone is a NYC-based restaurateur, dedicated social entrepreneur, and beer lover. In addition to overseeing daily operations at Jimmy’s No. 43, an East Village bar and restaurant with a focus on unique beers and a greenmarket menu, Jimmy currently produces Food Karma Projects—which produces food events such as the International Association of Culinary Professionals 2012 Conference and Governors Island’s Cook-out NYC and Pig Island—and has served as co-chair for Taste of Tribeca, as a special adviser for The New Amsterdam Market, and was elected as FCAC advisory council member for Greenmarkets GrowNYC in 2010. In 2005 and 2009, Jimmy was recipient of the title “Local Hero” from NYC Arts. He has been featured in Edible Manhattan, Michael Colameco’s Food Show, and Martha Stewart Radio. Jimmy has co-founded and produced “Hungry Filmmakers” – a documentary film screening and discussion series – and The Good Beer Seal – an association of independently owned beer bars in New York City. Through The Good Beer Seal, Jimmy produces several events during the month of July, which has been proclaimed Good Beer Month by the mayor every year since 2009. Beer Sessions Radio, Jimmy’s latest project, is a conversational format podcast carried on the Heritage Radio Network, where Jimmy and a series of rotating co-hosts discuss the beers, bars, and brewers that make up the craft beer movement.

 We received 501(c)(3) status!


Tremendous appreciation to attorneys at The Community Development Project of the Urban Justice Center, who voluntary helped us this long journey of getting 501(c)(3) status!

Grand Opening Celebration! Friday Oct. 12th

Ribbon Cutting & Reception 12:00-2:30pm (Sponsors and Special Guests)​
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony & Speeches 1:00-1:30pm

Roof Tours 2:45pm, 3:30pm, or 4:15pm with suggested donation $15

Special Cooking Demo & Tasting with

Chef Jimmy Carbone of Jimmy's No.43 Restaurant

Annual Town Meeting at the Earth School


Keynote Address:
"The Garden Roof: An Inclusive Curriculum"
10:00 a.m., April 21, 2012

This year's town meeting at the Earth School centers on the school building's rooftop farm, currently under construction. The keynote address will be presented by Celia Oyler, associate professor of education at Columbia Teachers College. Dr Oyler, who specializes in curriculum theory and design, will speak on inclusive practices.

The Community Development Project (CDP) of the Urban Justice Center strengthens the impact of grassroots organizations in New York City’s low-income and other excluded communities.  We partner with community organizations to win legal cases, publish community-driven research reports, assist with the formation of new organizations and cooperatives, and provide technical and transactional assistance in support of their work towards social justice.

All Community Meeting! 


8:00 am, June 4th, at 2nd floor library

steering committee report
ramifications of our newly received 501(c)(3) status
upcoming grant applications and strategies
summer maintenance
curriculum planning for 2012/13