Mayor Bloomberg, City Council Speaker Quinn and food celebrity Rachael Ray were at P.S. 29 today. Their mission – getting kids to eat better and to find out “where their food comes from”.
From the NYC press release:
The Mayor announced new efforts that will help address these obstacles including:
Launching a new mini-grant program (grants of $500-$1,000) this fall for schools in need of funds to start a garden.
Creating a website for schools, being designed by GrowNYC, to be launched by this fall with resources including:
Additional technical assistance provided by GrowNYC and GreenThumb.
Information on how to locate and connect to local community gardens.
Complimentary programming provided by City and nonprofit partners.
Information for teachers on how to incorporate garden instruction into existing curricula to maximize their academic impact.
Expanding the “Garden to Café” pilot program from 25 schools to more than 50 schools in the 2010 school year. The program’s goal is to connect school gardening and lunch menus through seasonal harvest events and educational activities. PS 29 is one of the initial Garden to Café sites and the school uses what is grown in the garden in its salad bar and to create recipes for special events.
Starting a teen intern program to take care of school gardens during the summer months. NYC Service will also help coordinate volunteers to care for the gardens.
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