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Michele I
1301 8th Avenue
Brooklyn (Park Slope)
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the project

Students at P.S. 107 have an edible garden that supports healthy eating, environmental stewardship, hands-on science, and school greening. The garden is critical to teaching children about the origin of food, as well as nurturing good nutrition, and engagement in environmental tasks. The proposed project, the Sunshine Garden Environmental Expansion engages 4th graders in gardening to jumpstart their exploration in an environmental issue (one that they identify) for which they will find a proactive solution.

the steps

Phase I Students explore plant life through varied hands-on tasks, such as seeding, seedling oversight and observation, plant experiments, mini projects that invite students to closely study plant families, etc. Phase II Students identify a single environmental challenge with implications for edible gardening and plant health. As a class, they flesh out a select issue through research to chart its impact. They conduct field studies to further their knowledge; such study can include visiting other school gardens to determine whether the environmental issue has a similar effect, conducting research at a local botanic garden, meeting with botanic/environmental scientists, testing and monitoring plant growth in community gardens, etc. Phase III Students synthesize and report on research/field study findings through student-designed means. Students create a solution to the challenge: what can they do, recommend, create, etc., that could stem the issue's negative impact?

why we're doing it

The garden is also now the center of an environmental action project that will engage 4th and 5th graders in exploring the impact of environmental challenges on edible gardening. Students will participate in indoor and outdoor gardening, and use their gardening experience as impetus for exploring environmental challenges, such as lead-laden soil and truck idling. Students will select an environmental issue to study and then create a practical solution to the problem...something that they can actually implement in or propose to the immediate community, school and otherwise.


Parent on PTA Garden committee works with the teachers to get it going. This reflects the project's most immediate needs. 5 AeroGarden Classics @$149.95 ea. $750.00 Model: 2100-0GB 3 Starter Grow Lights @69.95 ea. $210.00 Model: 10-2820 for starter seeding in the classroom 5 Everything Kids' Environment Book $40.00 ISBN: ISBN-10: 159869670X SUBTOTAL: $1,000 ioby processing fee: $150 TOTAL: $1,150


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