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Karen O
121 East 3rd Street
Manhattan (East Village)
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An Amazing Work Day!

the project

For over two years, the facade of The Neighborhood School (PS363) and Star Academy (PS 63), located on Third Street, has been under construction. The existing garden was removed and construction equipment and rats moved in. Now the construction is over and our courtyard entrance is free and open, but there is no garden!

Parents, teachers and staff from both schools been collaborating and working hard to redesign and reconstruct a garden for the students. We have had many meetings to envision the garden space, surveyed students, parents and teachers on what they would use the garden for and what they want in the garden and have parent volunteer architects pull all this information together into a garden design. Now, we are in the materials and construction phase of building out the beds and realizing the vision of the Third Street School Garden.

the steps

We are currently ordering wood and materials to build the garden beds, benches and trellises. We expect that to take several days of volunteer labor. Once beds are built and put into place, we will line them with landscaping fabric, gravel and then fill them with soil. Students have been growing seedlings in their classrooms and will harden off plants outside and then plant them in the vegetable beds. Parents will work together to put in perennials, native plants, insect-friendly plants and do other maintenance tasks to keep the garden growing and safe.

why we're doing it

Green space is political space--especially in urban areas. Many kids in the City do not have access to green space. They do not understand where our food comes from, how we are connected to nature, and our impact on nature. The garden space will serve as a learning space for students and also as a respite from the City. The garden has and will be a great way to build and strengthen our community.


Disbursed Budget:

Here's the revised budget:
$1000: loose soil and peat
$200: gravel (for bottoms of beds)
$800: plants such as perennials, native plants, insect attracting 
plants, bulbs, shrubs, grasses and vines
$500: tools and hardware: shovels, brooms, trash can, drill, staple gun, 
staples, 2, 2.5, 3" screws, carriage bolts, wood glue (2 gallons), 
extension cords, etc.

RAISED = $2,635.00
 less ioby Platform Fee  $35.00
less ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $75.73

Original budget:

$1000: loose soil and peat

$200: gravel (for bottoms of beds)

$800: plants such as perennials, native plants, insect attracting plants, bulbs, shrubs, grasses and vines

SUBTOTAL = 2,000
ioby Platform Fee  $35
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $60



An Amazing Work Day!

Just a quick update. Thanks to your generous donations, we were able to get the soil and other materials needed to put plants into planters! The garden is looking GREAT!

On Saturday, May, 20, Star and TNS families moved 5 yards of bulk topsoil from the street to the courtyard and mixed it with perlite, peat and compost for a total of 7 yards of soil. We filled two 16" by 16" by 22' planters and nine 3' by 3' by 12" planters. We had tarps, brooms, shovels to move it all and keep things clean. We were able to put in sub-irrigation in the planters with piping, gravel and sand to make watering easier. We had many families come and dig and get dirty to make this happen and your donations helped us buy the materials for us to plant our garden.

Thank you again!


WOW. That was kind of incredible! In just a few days, we have hit our goal! Thank you to all the parents who have donated. A special thanks to friends, family, and colleagues of those parents who donated to support our kids. It feels really special to know that you support us! Stay tuned for updates! :D


This is where photos will go once we build flickr integration


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