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January 20, 2010

EDIBLE SCHOOLYARD COMING TO BROOKLYN



 ARCHITECT'S RENDERING


NY Times - This summer, supporters will tear up a quarter-acre of asphalt parking lot behind P.S. 216 in the Gravesend neighborhood and start building the first New York affiliate of the Edible Schoolyard program, developed by the restaurateur Alice Waters of Chez Panisse.

It's a $1.6-million architect's dream. A new building, powered by the sun, will hold a kitchen classroom with communal tables where children can share meals they make from food they grow in the garden.

Designers from the Work Architecture Company have incorporated a chicken coop, a composting system, an outdoor pizza oven and a cistern to collect rainwater. A movable greenhouse will be rolled out each fall.

Teachers will use the garden to give students - 460 children from pre-kindergarten to the fifth grade - lessons in subjects like art, math, history and science. Administrators hope the school will eventually become a center for the study of the environment and agriculture.


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