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Re: Bronx, NY: Community Garden Club in NY Public School

  • Subject: Re: [cg] Bronx, NY: Community Garden Club in NY Public School
  • From: FLYER166@aol.com
  • Date: Sat, 23 Apr 2005 14:41:50 EDT

While it is true that the NYCDOE does not sponsor or pay for partnerships
with gardens, The West Side Community Garden on that runs between 89 and 90
street between columbus and amsterdam Avenues on the Upper West Side of
funds (thanks to a grant this year from the Bay foundation) a school program
that works with four schools in the vicinity, including P.s. 166M   where the
seeds for the garden took hold over thirty years ago.   P.S. 166M also has a
reading garden, on school property, funded by a grant a couple of years ago
C. Virginia Fields Office and tended   by the third grade students at the
school with the help of parent volunteers, and originally, the Greenacre
Foundation.   As a school we have had programs sponsored by Green guerillas,
etc.    I
believe there is probably more school/garden parterships that people are aware

Judith Rohn
Webmaster, PS 166 MNews From Around the School April 22 2005anhattan, West

In a message dated 4/14/05 9:09:41 AM, Adam36055@aol.com writes:

> NYC has not been a great place for school gardens, though we have a few
> good
> ones. The ones that have worked have had community garden parents who have
> put
> in the lion's share of the work.  My hands were involved with the old
> Dome/Oasis garden on W. 84th Street, before that got bulldozed, which was
> next to my
> son's old elementary school, the Anderson program at PS 9. I worked nights
> at
> the time, so working with kids on starting seeds in classrooms and then
> planting them, labeling them and getting them in the ground - making sure
> they were
> watered over the summer so they could see "how my plant is doing," in the
> Fall
> was time-consuming, often frustrating work. The connections between
> botany, ecology, etc were clear - the problems were time, teacher and class
> schedules and getting buy-in from school administrators, looking to cover
> their
> fannies under the "test scores," regime.
> Despite the fact that both the NY and Brooklyn Botanical Gardens have great
> outreach arms, our public school system has looked at these programs, said,
> "that's nice," and moved on.
> The  combination of  strict union custodial rules, a bureaucratic system
> designed to maintain a system instead of educate,  and a change in NYC
> organizational structures - from the old Board of Education to the NYC Dept
> of Education,
> have made non-quantifiable, non-exam orientated"frills," like school
> hard to get off the ground.
> But Aresh, and "More Gardens!" are sort of like the bumble bee that
> aerodynamically shouldn't fly, but does. So we'll see how this goes.
> Goodness knows,
> the kids really need this.
> Great luck, Aresh!
> Adam Honigman
> Volunteer,
> Clinton Community Garden

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