Edible Schoolyard Comes to Brooklyn
One lucky elementary school in Brooklyn—P.S. 216—is getting one heck of a garden, thanks to the Edible Schoolyard program developed by restaurateur Alice Waters. The $1.6 million quarter-acre garden will have a chicken coop, a composting system, a cistern to collect rainwater, a kitchen classroom housed in a solar-powered building, and an outdoor pizza oven.
Kim Severson of The New York Times writes about the garden here. It will be the most expensive of the six Edible Schoolyards and it will operate year-round, unlike the others.
While the garden has many supporters, some critics question the effectiveness of garden-based education and wonder, as Severson puts it in the article, “if a multimillion-dollar garden is what a public elementary school in a large, cash-short district really needs.”
What do you think?