14-14 29th Ave [map]
Long Island City, Queens
Year Founded: 2011
After talking with Principal Anne Bussel and Teacher Rosemary Holdampf, GrowNYC decided to build a garden at P.S. 171 because of the incredible enthusiasm their teachers had: a survey conducted by Ms. Holdampf indicated that 25 elementary classes were interested in building and using the garden.
In May of 2011, GrowNYC staff, volunteers, and 22 classes of kids came out to build the garden at P.S. 171. Raised beds built with recycled plastic lumber were installed and filled with new topsoil and compost from Greenwood cemetery. Perennials, annuals, herbs, and vegetables were planted in the new raised beds and existing garden areas.
Custodial staff and teachers have maintained the garden over the summer so the children will have produce to harvest once school begins.