Since launching our compost pilot collection at several Greenmarkets on March 5, participation has grown by "greens and browns." Over eight weekends we have collected more than 41,000 pounds of food scraps at select markets in Brooklyn and Manhattan.
The pilot runs through June 25, so come show your support for composting this spring!
Learn It, Grow It, Eat It started it's annual spring break internship five years ago after hearing from high schoolers how bored they were during their week off. Last week, 8 students from 3 high schools (Bronx International, Bronx Regional and LaGuardia high schools) worked together for 2 days in Wishing Well Community Garden getting veggie plots ready for spring and then putting together a nutrition education label reading workshop which they presented to staff at the Novetel Hotel in Midtown Manhattan.
The presentation featured the debut of LGE's latest interactive display, "Chubby Comes to America," a look at the mind-boggling amounts of sugar in favorite children's drinks and foods. Staff at the hotel were truly surprised by what the teens had to tell them and asked if they could come to their children's school to do the same. Intern Alhassan Yaya said, "I feel very proud that i had the opportunity to teach adults things that they didn't know." Another intern, Kassandra Ramos, really enjoyed "doing something positive with students from other high schools."
Last Friday marked the opening of the 2011 season at the Wholesale Greenmarket. The restaurants, garden centers, landscapers, and everyday shoppers in attendance were thrilled to see the colorful offerings on display. Coming from as close as 15 minutes outside the city, our growers brought in an assortment of flowers, herbs, and shrubs to help city residents get a head start on their spring planting.
Last week GrowNYC completed 2 new rainwater harvesting installations at community gardens in the Bronx River Watershed. Funding was provided by the Bronx River Watershed Initiative.
Belmont Little Farmers
A 500 gallon tank was connected to the downspout of a building with a 600 sq foot roof adjacent to the garden. The installation was completed by GrowNYC staff and members of the GreenApple Corps. A trellis was also built to grow vines to beautify this Bronx Land Trust garden.
Located directly on the Bronx River, the River Garden was in need of a new shed, a shade structure and water for irrigation purposes. The new 100 sq foot shed with an attached 100 shade structure provides 200 sq feet of rainfall collection surface. The water is stored in a 305 gallon tank. The system also provides storm water management by diverting rainfall from running directly into the river. The project was completed by GrowNYC staff with the assistance of the Bronx Environmental Stewardship Training program of Sustainable South Bronx.