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Earth Matter MicroGreen Learning Garden

Earth Matter will build upon its partnership with the New York Harbor School on Governor's Island to create the Earth Matter MicroGreen Learning Garden. We will work with ~10-20 after school interns twice a week from the New York Harbor School to transform our old henhouse into a greenhouse for growing microgreens. Starting in March, we will clear out our henhouse, replace the roofing with clear plastic, and install a shelving and irrigation system for growing a large variety of microgreens including arugula, basil, celery, cabbage, cilantro, endive, mustard, radish, chard, kale, and peppermint. Students will plant, nurture and harvest microgreens to produce over fifteen pounds of healthy vegetables every two weeks and use the greens to create delicious salads for the entire school of 450 students. At Earth Matter nothing goes to waste, and microgreen roots will be used to feed the 60 chickens we keep at our compost learning center throughout the year.

Our goals are to inspire a new generation of leaders and thinkers who pioneer environmental work for our planet and to educate the greater city of New York about the joys and ease of growing microgreens. We will provide new creative avenues for our after school interns to gain hands-on understanding of our natural world as well as empower them as school community leaders who grow food and prepare fresh meals for their teachers and fellow classmates. Our project will provide the New York Harbor School with an abundant source of nutrient-rich food and create a valuable addition to the Earth Matter site for New Yorkers to visit, explore, and learn from.  

Where it's at:

South Battery Governor's Island
New York, NY 10004
United States

Garden type:

demonstration/education garden

Garden size (in square feet):

85

Garden beneficiaries:

children and families

Number of people reached:

450

What this project needs:

funds
tools
seeds
expert technical assistance
community garden creation guidance
volunteer labor
gardening books
soil
lumber
irrigation system

Project leaders:

Darym Alden
Amylou Sullivan

About us:

KGI is a nonprofit community of over 30,000 people who are growing some of our own food and helping others to do the same.  

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Kitchen Gardeners International
3 Powderhorn Drive,
Scarborough, ME, 04074, USA
info@kgi.org
(207) 956-0606