Tuesday, August 10, 2010

a farm grows in brooklyn

probably one of the most gratifying sights on the tour of Beloved's former high school last friday was the school farm growing on what used to be the front lawn of the school.

i don't think we were ever allowed on it, reminisced one alumna, wistfully. the principal explained that the school was in what's considered an urban food desert, a place where access to fresh food is extremely limited due to many factors, but among them is that the environment is far away from fields where food is produced.

but that's changed now, at least in this brooklyn neighborhood, thanks to the vision and the energy of the principal and the people who work with him. the farm produces enough food to host a farmers' market that feeds the neighborhood, and the kids who attend the new and improved george s. wingate high school campus get to take home all kinds of fresh veggies.

Beloved was completely dazzled.

and furthermore, the war will end. blessed be.


Kim said...

that is so awesome

Walk in the Woods said...

Let's hear it for Wingate High School! Now, *that's* excellence in education - for the students and the community and the world!

~Onreeone~ said...

how lovely that the principal and a few took on the task of planting a garden. It is a lot of work and goes to show the kind of character this individual brings to the job. Kudos to Brooklyn's Garden and Happy Eating to the neighborhood. There is nothing like fresh vegetables.

Bonnie said...

What a great concept. A farm at the school. And it seems everyone is a winner. I know my brothers went to a High School here in Florida that took care of an orange grove. I think that's the closest any of us ever came to farming.

Iva said...

That is completely awesome!