Once school is out for the summer, even the most dedicated after-school farmer will turn to sugary popsicles and video games in the comfort of an air-conditioned living room if left to his or her own devices. The good news is parents looking to avoid this now have a plethora of summer camps geared toward food, cooking and farming to choose from.
Classic public school curricula in big cities used to mean reading, writing, history and arithmetic, but a supermarket and Westchester agricultural non-profit hope to expand that list to include food and farming.
Forget Yo Gabba Gabba Live, there’s a new show in town that has gotten children all riled up with excitement – the James Beard Foundation Family Chef Series at the Museum of Manhattan on the Upper West Side.
We like to pride ourselves on using up every bit of a plant, gobbling up everything to young radish leaves, to pickled Swiss chard stems (a tip we learned from Michael Anthony at Gramercy Tavern) to the fresh roots of green garlic (that one was from Shea Gallante, of Ciano). But until we went with NY1 to The Bronx to visit Toby Adams, the manager of the 1.5-acre Ruth Rae Howell Family Garden at the New York Botanical Garden, we didn’t know that you could actually eat the tops of carrots.
Thanks to Pig Island, a heritage breed hog is headed to the AutoGarden, the urban gardening and food program run by Jenny Kessler at Automotive High School, a public school in Brooklyn. (And tickets are still available, as the 20 participating chefs gather to get their locally and sustainably raised pigs in Union Square from upstate farmers.)