Teaching city kids about sustainable farming can be tricky. After all,
in a bustling metropolis like New York, itís easy to see why some
youngsters think apples originate in bins at their local bodega. Famed
foodie Alice Waters and her Chez Panisse Foundation aim to remedy that
lack of knowledge with the Edible Schoolyard initiative, a program that
builds gardens right on school properties. The latest Edible Schoolyard
will be built at PS. 216, an elementary school located in Brooklynís
Gravesend neighborhood.

Read the rest of Edible Schoolyard Set to Spring to Life in Brooklyn
http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/02/01/brooklyn-edible-schoolyard/

Martin Pikula Offers Good Micro Green Information

Hi All,

Here are some things I discovered about micro greens.

Micro Greens as fodder crop on a small scale: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UluPey05VEQ

Micro Greens as fodder crop on a large scale: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pL0yAuoOXZQ&feature=related

Three things to emphasize on these systems.
You can use the same techniques to grow sprouts and micro greens for human consumption.
You don’t have to buy expensive machines like the ones at http://www.foddersolutions.org/ to do this.
The only thing you need is a demand, rather from farmers for fodder crop, or from chefs.

Also, here is a good beginners resource for learning about sprouts/ micro greens: http://www.sproutpeople.com/ .

Regards,

-Marty

School Garden Debate Article

For anyone who read the recent Atlantic opinion piece about school gardens, this is a solid and well-informed response in favor. The author refers to several studies showing scholastic benefits from school gardens and experential education in general. Worth a glance!

http://www.ecoliteracy.org/essays/school-garden-debate-weep-or-reap

Susan Finlayson
Graduate Group in Horticulture and Agronomy
University of California, Davis
susfin@ucdavis.edu
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