Bright Lights, Green City
“City kids come to the farm with a lot of preconceived notions. A lot of them see soil as ‘dirty’ and think bugs are gross, bees are scary. We try to debunk a lot of these attitudes by uncovering the connections between humans, soil, plants, insects, [and] animals and celebrate those links — by the end of it, they’re all digging for worms.”
2 Cool 4 School
“There’s a lot of momentum behind urban agriculture right now, and I think that’s a good thing for all city dwellers. More and more teachers are utilizing urban farms to educate kids about biology and sustainability, and the demand for good, clean food is growing. We believe that putting green roof farms on school and municipal buildings is a logical next step in urban agriculture, and education is a vital part of making that happen.”
Peas and Carrots
“Very few students that visit Brooklyn Grange realize that carrots are the roots of a plant and that peas are actually seeds. For most students, food is something that comes from the store in a can, box, or bag, but how it got there is a mystery. This disconnect negatively affects our health, but it also affects the health of our environment — they’re very much linked by our current food system, which is destroying both. We want to expose the injustices in the current system, while promoting an alternative food system and celebrating the natural cycles that sustain life. Education cultivates advocates, and we see the students that participate in our programs as future leaders and catalysts for change.”
“I’m a total nerd about bees, which I find endlessly fascinating. I love to share that enthusiasm with kids, including my own daughter. I let her see the bees up close, and she was instantly transfixed."