If you have been to the Yonkers water front, across from some of the new high rise condos/apartments on Alexander Street, you will have seen the Yonkers Science Barge. It is anchored across from the Palisades in NJ on the Hudson River. It offers spectacular views and is worth a visit to check out what floats and grows on it. The official opening day for 2014 is April 12, when Mayor Mike Spano will open the barge to the public. Take a look at some photos from/of and on the Science Barge:
“The Science Barge is an itinerant floating science museum now docked in Yonkers, New York, USA. It also functions as a working urban farm, operated by the sustainable development organization Groundwork Hudson Valley. The barge was designed by visionary environmental engineer Ted Caplow of the New York Sun Works Center for Sustainable Engineering. The Science Barge grows crops using a hydroponic greenhouse powered by solar panels, wind turbines, and biofuels. The crops in the greenhouse are irrigated by captured rainwater and desalinated river water. Food is grown without carbon emissions, no agricultural waste is discharged into the watershed and no pesticides are used.” *
“The Science Barge is a prototype sustainable urban farm operated as an environmental education center. The Science Barge greenhouse, floating on the Hudson River, grows an abundance of fresh produce including tomatoes, melons, greens, and lettuce with zero net carbon emissions, zero pesticides, and zero runoff. All of the energy needed to power the Barge is generated by solar panels, wind turbines, and biofuels while the hydroponic greenhouse is irrigated solely by collected rainwater and purified river water, thus operating completely “off the grid.” It is the only fully functioning demonstration of renewable energy supporting sustainable food production in New York. It is now docked in downtown Yonkers just north of the Yonkers Pier.” **
The director of the science barge is Robert M. Walters.
References: * http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Science_Barge