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New York - Brooklyn High School to Sow Own Urban farm, For Fresh Food

Published on: March 1, 2010 08:29 AM
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New York - Students at one Brooklyn high school won’t learn about farming from textbooks in the near future.

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They’ll learn directly from the soil.

Students at the High School for Public Service in East Flatbush plan to break ground in April on a 10,000-square-foot vegetable farm on their campus’ front lawn. The first crop of vegetables could be harvested in June.

Principal Ben Shuldiner says the goal is to teach the skills and science behind farming. Fresh produce will also be offered to the community.

Senior Elliot Bowman says it’s difficult to find fresh produce in the neighborhood.

Urban farming collective BK Farmyards will design and operate the farm, which is expected to cover the school’s entire 1-acre yard in four years.



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 Mar 01, 2010 at 09:47 AM Anonymous Says:

When I went to PS 219 in East Flatbush in the early 1950s each child had part of a furrow in the garden where we grew vegetables.

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 Mar 01, 2010 at 10:36 AM murray Says:

Nothing new here. I went to John Bowne H.S. (main st, Flushing) We drove tractors, picked corn, grew carrots, raised chickens, candled and sorted eggs, etc. All on campus.

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 Mar 01, 2010 at 11:30 AM shmuel simenowitz Says:

Wow - imagine if yeshivos did that - what a learning opportunity. All the halachos of shabbos, kilayim, leket, shich'cha, etc. coming to life! (not to mention delicious, local food to boot!) kol hakavod

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 Mar 03, 2010 at 06:17 PM Anonymous Says:

Awesome! I wish they did this sort of thing at Yeshivos!

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