June’s Harvest!

The kids have been working in the garden almost every afternoon. They have learned how to plant, how to use the tools properly, how to measure and distribute the plant area correctly, so when plants grow are not so close to each other. They really like to use the weed grabbers and have been cleaning…

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April & May: Time to Plant & Reflect

During the last five weeks, the kids have been planting and seeing their seeds grow. We are growing carrots, beets, two different kinds of lettuces, cucumbers, Habanero peppers —these are part a seed exchange program with the Global Partner Junior group in Mexico City, bok choy, onions, eggplants, chives, strawberries, chocolate mint, parsley, lemon thyme,…

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Spring 2015: Our New Garden at St. John’s!

We started our growing season this April First with the help of the New York Restoration Project. The NYRP focuses on building and restoring vacant lots, public parks, schools, sidewalks, and waterfronts in communities of need. The St. John’s Recreation Center had NYRP designing and building our new garden: Planters, trellises, and a compost bin.…

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Late Fall at St. John’s

Collard green, broccoli, beets, and tomatoes were some of the vegetables that the children have been using to prepare salads throughout this fall. As part of the Garden Kitchen Lab program, the kids also covered plant beds with oats and lentil seeds to protect the soil from extreme temperatures. Earth is the foundation of a…

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Early Fall at St. John’s

Urban farming in Crown Heights

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The Garden’s Map

This week we planned how we are going to start building our garden. The first step was to document the sunlight hours in the area where we want to grow. I took pictures of the garden from 9 am to 5 pm, every hour, to see where the sunsets. A garden needs at least eight…

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Basil, Tomatoes & Tofu

Children use heirloom tomatoes, tofu, and Brooklyn’s roof garden organic basil to prepare this healthy snack. They were introduced to some new concepts: Local food and food in season, as opposed to food that is processed Roof gardens in Brooklyn (and how soon we will start our own community-garden) Organic vegetables versus produced that has…

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