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NYU Urban Farm Lab

Nutrition and Food Studies

The NYU Urban Farm Lab is an outdoor classroom, research lab, and community farm. It is a collaboration of faculty, staff, and students from the Department of Nutrition and Food Studies, NYU Steinhardt, NYU, Silver Towers Tenants, University Plaza Nursery School, and NYU Grounds. 

On the farm, students learn how to grow, care for, and harvest seasonal edible crops in an urban environment. The larger NYU community participates on the farm during farm volunteer days, class visits, and farm events.

We hope you come visit!

Urban Farm

Learning on the Urban Farm

The NYU Urban Farm Lab is a hands-on outdoor learning environment where students learn step-by-step how to grow food from seed to harvest. You will learn specific sustainable growing techniques relevant to urban areas and take home the fruits of your labor – the harvest. 

At the lab, you will:

  • Learn basic horticultural knowledge and techniques to grow edible crops
  • Identify and evaluate different agricultural and horticultural designs for specific food-producing goals in an urban environment
  • Explore how larger themes such as entrepreneurship, food justice, culture, and identity are performed within urban agriculture
  • Identify how urban agriculture is connected within the larger urban food system
  • Demonstrate the ability to create an urban agriculture plan

Stories from the Farm

Meet Food Studies alum Dharath “Tot” Hoonchamlong, the Environmental Manager of a Bo.lan – a sustainability-focused, Michelin-starred restaurant in Bangkok with an edible garden that reminds him of time spent on the NYU Urban Farm Lab as a graduate student.

Read a Q&A with Tot
Tot holding an armful of produce grown on the NYU Urban Farm Lab during his time in the Food Studies program.

Photos from the Farm

Check out our Instagram to see students in action in the Farm Lab.

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One gloved hand and one bare hand holding radishes.

The NYU Food Lab

Learn more about another lab in our department — a hands-on teaching kitchen where students are challenged to think about current issues pertaining to nutrition and sustainability

See What's Cooking in the Kitchen
Students watching a demonstration in the Food Lab.