Thursday, January 21, 2010

NYT: School Adds Weeding to Reading and Writing

(A rendering of what the Edible Schoolyard at P.S. 216 is to look like)

Such a great article in the New York Times. If you can believe it there are naysayers about kids learning how to grow food. The good thing is most people see the importance- life is not all about test scores. Highlights below, but check out the full article HERE. Love that it is in Brooklyn.

This summer, supporters will tear up a quarter-acre of asphalt parking lot behind P.S. 216 in the Gravesend neighborhood and start building the first New York affiliate of the Edible Schoolyard program, developed by the restaurateur Alice Waters of Chez Panisse.

It’s a $1.6-million architect’s dream. A new building, powered by the sun, will hold a kitchen classroom with communal tables where children can share meals they make from food they grow in the garden.

Designers from the Work Architecture Company have incorporated a chicken coop, a composting system, an outdoor pizza oven and a cistern to collect rainwater. A movable greenhouse will be rolled out each fall.

Teachers will use the garden to give students — 460 children from prekindergarten to the fifth grade — lessons in subjects like art, math, history and science. Administrators hope the school will eventually become a center for the study of the environment and agriculture.

No comments:

Post a Comment