Greenmarket Youth Education
Thousands of NYC public school children are getting outside, touring a farmers market, meeting growers and learning about healthy eating through our Greenmarket Youth Education program. Fun, interactive learning experiences like School Tours at Greenmarket and the Seed to Plate Curriculum help children gain an understanding of how food choices impact their bodies, their environment, and their communities.
Thousands of young New Yorkers visited their neighborhood Greenmarket with classmates during our 2013 School Tours program. Children delight in the sight of romanesco, the beautiful, spiraled broccoli-like brassica, or the many colors of carrots including purple and white and of course the dozens of varieties of that lunchbox favorite, the apple. Cooking demonstrations ensure that kids can taste and smell these new varieties, and they are provided with simple recipes to prepare at home with their families. Children are not the only ones inspired by Greenmarket tours; parents and teachers are also heard throughout the market exclaiming, “I’ve never seen that before!”
Markets in 19 different neighborhoods make it easy for schools across the city to take advantage. Tour locations include: Columbia University, Brooklyn Borough Hall, 97th Street, Union Square, Bartel-Pritchard, Barclays Center, St. Marks, Mount Sinai, Astoria, Williamsburg, Tucker Square, Bowling Green, New York Botanical Garden, 175th Street, Fort Washington, Bronx Borough Hall, Parkchester, Poe Park, Dag Hammarskjold.
Our Seed to Plate curriculum brings the farmers market into the classroom. In the spring and fall of 2013, Seed to Plate was implemented in six public schools, providing students with engaging lessons to educate them about how and why to eat healthy, fresh and locally sourced foods. This ten lesson curriculum is offered to 5th and 6th graders living in under-resourced neighborhoods and includes a field trip to a farm, in-class cooking, and lessons about sustainable farming and nutrition.
We continue to collaborate with GrowNYC’s other education programs to identify schools to participate in Seed to Plate, ensuring that students are exposed to a variety of environmental and health-related issues. Participating Seed to Plate schools took place in: PS 62 in Hunts Point, PS 123 in Bushwick, PS 208 in Harlem, PS 47 in Soundview, Bronx, PS 89 in Cypress Hills and New Design Middle School in Harlem. In 2013, we worked with 450 fifth and sixth graders about the benefits
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