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Hotspot for birding

5th Street Farm has been designated a hotspot for birding on the Cornell Lab of Ornitology/ Audubon ebirding site.

Here are some of the birds that have been sited at the Earth School and the roof garden already, but sign on (for free) to add your own observations!

News & Events

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

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.

 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!

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.

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

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.

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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.)

Roof-Roaring Fundraiser Was a Smash!



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


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

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.

Attention: Gnomes and Friends of 5th Street Farm!

If you are a parent of an Earth School child and you'd like to get involved in our fabulous roof's how:

If your time is limited, or you feel you might want to learn more basics about gardening, or you are feeling a little daunted about organizing a whole class trip up to the farm, there are two great ways you can get involved that are pretty easy:

(1) Come to Community Open Work (COW) period - Wednesdays last period of the day: 1:40pm - 2:40pm.  This is a time when students from all grades and classes can choose to participate in "clubs."  Garden club is a very popular and fun choice.  You can arrange to bring about 4 kids from your child's class up for COW Garden club - talk with your child's teacher about this and just let me know via email if/when you are coming.  You can also come by yourself to COW if you feel you might need a little "practice" before bringing some kids up.  I am always there during COW period so I can assist or advise if needed.

(2) Talk with Tim Lammers (your child's cooking teacher, email: to find out when your child's class has cooking.  Tim often brings students up to the farm to harvest and use the produce in class recipes.  He could always use a few extra hands!  

Thanks!  Look forward to weeding and harvesting with you!

If you have any questions or you are not an Earth School parent but want to get involved please contact:
Frances Anderson

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