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Lessons in Fruit

June 28, 2011

Notes from the Field: A trip to New York 

I was thinking of the young students of the Bay Area and their garden plots when I visited a public school in Central Brooklyn a couple of weeks ago.

Before I left I had been reading up on Bucklin sis Arden Bucklin-Sporer’s work at the San Francisco Green Schoolyard Alliance, a group that supports SF schools in the year-round learning opportunities of a school garden. Arden is a pioneer of school garden work, she did write the book, after all. Northern California’s climate and agriculturally rich history is supportive to this type of hands-on nutritional education. The school-farm movement in urban New York may not be as geographically lucky, but it is gaining momentum.

For now many students are learning the basics about where fresh fruit and vegetables come from, how to ask for it at home, and where the nearest farmers markets are located. The school I visited didn’t have a garden (yet!) but explored the fresh food curriculum through art and apple tasting. Their fruit face paintings were impressive. So was their enthusiasm when reaching for those last Crispin slices. Next step: growing their own. Who knows, there may be a future farmer among them.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Vivian permalink
    June 29, 2011 2:30 am

    Large city residents just don’t have access to good fresh food. Fast food, vending machine food, and processed food is mostly what they know. We have to start somewhere. We need to see more instances of what these Central Brooklyn kids experienced.

  2. Steph C. permalink
    June 29, 2011 1:40 pm

    Vivian- Absolutely. It’s great to see. No matter when their first exposure to fresh food is, it makes a definite impact on students’ lives. This program is working with what is has available to make that happen!

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