At an East Village elementary, students mind their peas.
Earth Day New York provides organic container gardens and relevant curriculum to NYC schools.
The labs perched on the rooftops of some Manhattan schools are teeming with life — and not just that of fifth graders.
As NYU’s purple empire expands, high-tech, multimillion-dollar concrete buildings encircle Washington Square Park. But on an eighth of an acre at the corner of Houston and Wooster, something green has sprouted, too.
Food and Finance High, founded in 2004, is the only vocational public school in the city with food as a “major.” Aside from the usual math and English classes they need to graduate with a Regents diploma, students learn how to wield knives, tend a garden, cook like a pro and start a restaurant from the ground up.
Educators at the Learning Garden on Randall’s Island work to help kids born in a land of pavement understand that most food starts in the dirt, not the supermarket. Beyond the usual carrots and tomatoes, they decided in 2010 to add one of the world’s most ubiquitous foods to the crops they grow: rice.
Year-old FoodCorps grows veggies, awareness from grass roots.
Yesterday when we were waiting to eat pancakes with almond frangipane, toasted almonds and raspberries at Clinton Street Baking Co.–hey, it’s pancake month!–we met Sidsel Robards, who is a director of program development and events with New York Sun Works. They’re the folks behind the original Science Barge, the 2007 prototype floating hydroponic farm in the Hudson River, and now a similar rooftop farm project at PS333 in the Upper West Side.
In downtown kitchens and upstate fields, they’re introducing city kids to real food.