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Alexis M
234 Glenmore Ave
(Brownsville, Brooklyn)
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the project

Grow Brownsville is a project aimed at building The Universe City Food Hub that will house the First Commercial Aquaponic Farm in the Brownsville/East New York area, bringing the GreenTech Revolution to the East New York Industrial Business Zone. We have already secured a 5-year lease, with a total of 10,000 sq ft of warehouse.

Residents of Brownsville and East New York not only deserve access to Fresh Food but the opportunity to learn about and grow organic hormone free food with their own hands. 


Our goal is to serve the food systems within the Brownsville and East New York community such as schools, shelters, and local restaurants.

We have partnered with local businesses and nonprofits to create a coworking space we call Universe City where we offer memberships to local creatives and entrepreneurs, supporting them in growing their businesses and projects, self-development, alongside access and experience in urban farming.

At Universe City we want our community to thrive, that’s why we inspire residents of Brownsville and East New York to create social capital and help develop their businesses and dreams.


This project is the result of efforts of local artists, entrepreneurs, and residents coming together to think and act on new ideas on how to liberate their community and themselves from cycles of violence, poverty, and displacement.

the steps

Once the money is raised the following steps will be:

  • Community discussions and town halls will be held to discuss what Green Tech is and the potential for opportunities 

  • Materials are ordered and delivered to the site

  • Hire and train local community members for on-site construction

  • Build completed within 2 weeks of start date

  • Six months Training and Maintenance to build the bacteria culture for fish cultivation begins.

why we're doing it

Grow Brownsville is a direct response to the need for shifts in food culture, healthy food access, entrepreneurial training, and the ability to obtain these things for ourselves. Poor health outcomes tend to cluster in places that people of color call home and where many residents live in poverty. Obesity can lead to serious health problems such as diabetes and heart disease. The diabetes rate in Brownsville is 15%, the sixth-highest rate in the city. Our farm will work with public housing residents, schools, and shelters to directly affect local food systems.  

Our effort is to aid the need for food sovereignty and workforce development in Brownsville. The farm will be a commercial & educational farm will be used to create CTE programs which are valuable, high impact programs on par with college preparatory programs and a critical part of the current New York City workforce development plan,  and will strengthen and expand Career and Technical Education in Brownsville. Through partnerships with Oko Farms, Legion Lighting, Smash Industries, Artrepreneurship, Brittany's scrap metal and other ENY businesses we will create opportunities for employment and partnership.  These programs, which are formalized academic and technical education opportunities, prepare enrolled students for a seamless transition into postsecondary opportunities in two or four-year degree programs, further training, apprenticeships with urban agriculture, lighting,  




Aquaponics System Design: $5,000.00

Cost of Materials: $15,000.00

Installation: $10,000.00

Maintenance (12 months): $15,000.00

Vertical Aeroponic Grow Unit utilizing pallets: $5,000.00

SUBTOTAL = 50,000
ioby Platform Fee  $35
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $1,500
TOTAL TO RAISE = $51,535



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