Oko Farms Aquaponics Education Center is the only outdoor aquaponics EDUCATION and PRODUCTION farm in NYC.
The farm dedicated to both increasing food security for NYC residents and the promotion of ecological and humane food cultivation practices.
Our 2,500 square foot aquatic farm is an urban oasis in Brooklyn that features a wide variety of vegetables, herbs and flowers growing in water along with freshwater fish.
We utilize aquaponics because it allows us to cultivate both fish and vegetables
in small urban spaces while saving water
Our mission is to provide a sustainable source of locally-raised protein (fish) and vegetables to New York City residents while increasing the number of people with the knowledge and skills to practice aquaponics.Due to change in policy and licensing requirements, we can no longer operate sustainably at our current site.
Sustainable operations include: offering paid workshops, tours, intensive training programs, and farm to table events.New regulations will put a stop to all our existing programs.
Currently, the farm -
- Hosts approximately 400 visitors (children and adults) per year on the farm from throughout the NYC area and internationally.
- Donates produce to community members and local food pantries.
- Implements NYC’s only Adult Intensive Aquaponics Training Program
- Provides workshops on aquaponics farming, culinary education and herbal medicine.
- Implements holistic education grounded in food production, culinary education and plant medicine.
- Provides internship opportunities for high school and college students.
Serves a research facility for NYU's Environmental Studies' Fish Welfare Research Program.
Since 2013, we have been able to cultivate food, community, and environmental awarenessWe can't stop now.
In order to continue and expand our programs we need to move to a different site. Our new site will be located in Crown Heights at Weeksville Heritage Center
, a historic Black Museum.A MINIMUM of $50,000 IN DONATIONS WILL ALLOW US TO:
- Build a new ecological and sustainable aquaponics farm at Weeksville Heritage Center.
- Expand to year round food production.
- Increase the number of school groups and visitors we host.
- Operate a farmers' market.
- Develop and implement an Aquaponics Training/Entrepreneurship program for low-income youth.
- Provide year-round aquaponics education workshops.
- Increase our culinary and medicinal workshops.
- Expand our Adult Intensive Aquaponics Training Program.
- Engage the community through farm-to-table events and other activities.
- Contribute to historical Weeksville’s legacy of self-determination and resilience for communities of color through urban farming.
Please support us in increasing food security and environmental awareness while providing NYC residents with the tools to empower themselves through urban farming.
Oko Farms is now operating as Oko Urban Farms, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit