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Gardens at NYC Public Schools

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There’s a cool new initiative in New York City and it’s for the school kids.  Grow-to-Learn is a school garden program offering mini-grants to public city schools.  These grants are for the students to learn how to build, grow, and manage a garden.  All of which requiring a hands on experience and teamwork.  Not only getting them outdoors but also building their connection to earth—away from technology.

Living in the city makes a hobby like horticulture seem difficult.  Most city natives have this misconception because we imagine a garden needing a lot of land.  Rather, we just haven’t tried it on this scale yet.  Gardens are actually easily adaptable into any landscape.

The Grow-to-Learn program allows public schools to start a new garden or expand on an existing one.  They provide free material for building and maintaining gardens and they also have a lot of great resources for garden maintenance.  From tips/guides, to training videos, to toolkits of larger projects that’ll really give kids a hands-on learning experience.  Grow-to-Learn’s online curriculum is for grade school through high school.

Click here if you would like to introduce this to your children’s school or parent committee, please visit their official page to register, apply, and get more information.

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