Food, Water and Energy Nexus: Food and Water

Food and Water

Boswyck Farms

Boswyck Farms, in Brooklyn, is a hydroponic operation. Hydroponic and aeroponic operations are sustainable, economical, and practical for urban settings. They use a minimal amount of room while producing a sizable amount of food. Their hydroponic systems can be used for seasonal growing on rooftops or other outdoor spaces, and are highly water-efficient.

Read more about Boswyck Farms HERE.

Brooklyn Grange Farm

Brooklyn Grange is a commercial organic farm located on New York City rooftops that grows vegetables in the city and sells them to local people and businesses. The farm in Queens holds excess water from heavy rainstorms. The soil and plants wick this stored water up in dry conditions to keep water use down as well as reduce the amount of stormwater runoff.

Read more about the Brooklyn Grange HERE.

Eagle Street Rooftop Farm

6,000 square foot roof filled with organic vegetable farm on top of a warehouse rooftop in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. The green roof can hold over 1.5 and rdquo; of rain, providing a significant reduction in storm water runoff. The captured water, in turn, can help to cool the warehouse below yielding a reduction in cooling costs.

Iron Street Urban Farm

Iron Street Urban Farm is located in Chicago's Bridgeport neighborhood. The vision for the urban farm is to "grow" healthy soil and energy, using closed loop ecological practices in order to produce local, healthy, and sustainable food year-round for Chicago. The seven-acre site includes aquaponics systems that produce Tilapia and Yellow Perch, vermicomposting, small husbandry of poultry, green roof production, and urban orchards.


Tag-A-Giant is focused on reversing the decline of northern Bluefin tuna populations. Currently, the project runs out of Pacific Grove, CA. Bluefin tuna are being dangerously overfished. The project collects electronic tagging data for the last 15 years and hopes to convene a critical mass of Bluefin in order to promote conservational policy for both the Bluefin tuna and the ocean's ecosystem at large.