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Hydroponics On The Roof At School

In New York City

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Learning To Grow

Students at P.S. 333 on the Upper West Side of Manhattan are learning sustainable urban farming in a rooftop greenhouse, one of the first ever in a New York City Public School.

From kindergarden through 8th grade this urban rooftop farm is used to learn about environmental science. Students learn the basics in a hands-on hydroponic garden, with cucumber, tomato and lettuce plants lining the walls from floor to ceiling. Rows of organic kale, arugula, basil, broccoli, beets, cabbage are growing and thriving in a state of the art environmentally sustainable greenhouse as well.

The most inspiring thing is to see the children connecting the dots, exploring the symbiosis in nature systems while they see the process through from planting to eating the food.

This one of a kind, hands on classroom is made possible by the non-profit group New York Sun Works, a non profit program that promotes sustainability in schools.

Let's hope it can become a replicable model for urban schools everywhere!

--Bibi Farber

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