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Green sign sticking out of the soil that reads "National Wildlife Preservation Certified Wildlife Habitat" with flowers, small bushes and a birdbath around it

The sign says:

National Wildlife Federation

Certified Wildlife Habitat

This property is recognized for its commitment to sustainably provide essential elements of wildlife habitat: food, water, cover and places to raise young

Kudos to Ms. Alanna O’Donnell, Principal Barbara Tremblay and all of the students and staff that maintain the garden!

Chef George paid a visit to 35M @ Beacon last week to help the students prepare a delicious lunch of bean tacos with sauteed zucchini and salsa, and a bok choy salad with blueberry balsamic vinaigrette. Students prepped the zucchini, mixed and pressed the fajita dough from scratch, harvested the bok choy from Mr. Heath’s Tower Garden, and mixed it with salad greens and tomatoes. Yum!

Although our celebration was virtual again this year, check out all of the exciting things that the BBG and NYBG partnership classes have been doing! We had a live celebration on June 10 where students shared about their gardening projects and recent trips to their botanical gardens.

student holding up a plant and a seed pack of marigolds with 3 rows of plants on the windowsill behind her

We finally made it to Governor’s Island today, and stopped by the farm. I sorted and filled two (small) bags of compost! (my first time!)

We had a pineapple the other day, and instead of throwing out the crown, I thought that I would stick it in water and see what would happen.

What do you think will happen?

Here are some really awesome distance learning resources and ideas from our friends at GrowNYC.

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Have you ever seen a baby cucumber before? Or it’s colorful yellow flowers? Mr. Ira Wahrman’s class at 17X has been watching them grow in their classroom tower garden. Thanks for sharing!

No trip to the Bronx would be complete without a visit to the 754X Chicken Coop. Big thank you to farmer Michael Masefield for lending his expertise and his classroom to the new “crop” of D75 teachers getting involved in hydroponics and aquaponics this year. Teachers got to experience four different types of growing systems first-hand, created their own data collection sheets, and received lots of useful tips and tricks for getting started. It was a rainy day to remember!

In keeping with the theme of “plants we eat,” a group of teachers came together last¬†Friday¬†for the final edition of our Teaching in the Garden PD series this year. The focus: Kitchen Botany. We welcomed Lauren, our favorite garden educator, back from maternity leave, and had a chance to explore Brooklyn in bloom as leaf and flower buds were bursting out all over the garden. We also learned how to make germination necklaces and garbage gardens, and can’t wait to bring these ideas into the classroom! What a great way to wrap-up the series and officially welcome spring. Check out some photos from our nature walk below.

Spring has sprung at the Bed-Stuy Fresh Garden, which will soon be undergoing a major transformation. On Thursday, students attended an evening visioning session with the Brooklyn Parks Commissioner, parents, staff and community members to go on record with their vision and plans for the future NYC park that will be adjacent to the school. Naturally, the main concern of everyone present was the preservation and rebuilding of the bountiful Bed-Stuy Fresh School Garden. Students and teachers voiced concerns about park rules, noise, bathrooms, and food security as the project enters into the design phase. We are so proud of the 373K students for showing up and speaking out about what the garden means to them and how important it is to the whole school. This will be the last growing season for Bed-Stuy Fresh as we know it, but something tell us that these students will be unstoppable once the new site is ready. Our biggest thanks and praises to all of the teachers and students who turned a vacant lot into a ever-expanding small farm. The work continues! We stand with you!