In New York City, young people often don’t have the chance to spend time outdoors and have hands on experiences working in gardens. The PS9 garden provides students in the school with the opportunity to spend time outdoors, investigating, questioning, and thinking through hands on projects. It teaches children to make a connection between healthy eating habits and what they can grow in the garden.
The garden is designed to serve two purposes:
1) To help teach children to make a connection between healthy eating habits in our culinary arts classes and what they can grow in the garden.
2) To be a key part of the school’s science curriculum.
The garden is used during school time by teachers and students that spend time gardening planting vegetables as well as flowers. This year, we built composting bins that will be used to compost some cafeteria food and scraps from Cookshop and Culinary Arts classes.
Weather permitting, the classes also use the garden for other activities, such as reading, art, and math classes.
In addition, the school gardening committee hosts after school and weekend events in which children and adults come together to work on the garden and the street trees around the school. During these events, children and adults plant bulbs and mulch planting beds and tree pits.
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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