Parent Shekema Young (left) and magnet specialist Tina Wong check out one of the crops.
Below - Getting a close-up view are (from left) PTA President Symone Manning, School Leadership Team member Karen Shields and Community Education Council District 3 President Christine Annechino. Photos by Miller Photography
The students at PS 208 in Harlem are learning some good plant science now that they have a new hydroponics light garden in their school.
The garden was installed in a partnership with New York Sun Works. Sorry that there weren't pictures of the students, but we know they are there learning some good stuff about modern edible plant growing methods. This will help prepare them for the present and future world of food production technology.
It's not only good science but this garden is available year round not just in the warm weather growing season. It is far more compatible with the school schedule that, of course, includes summer recess.
The major benefit of many outdoor school gardens is lost because the students are on summer vacation at the height of the growing season. Many of them also suffer from poor maintenance over the summer. A school garden can go down in a hurry in a heat wave.
I would add that this indoor hydroponic garden is good, but a rolling rack light garden with adjustable shelves and plants growing in sub-irrigated planters (SIPs) is even better.
The hydroponic garden is growing lettuce, kale and other leafy greens. With SIPs, the students could grow and experiment with a much wider range of plants from tomatoes to cactus. That is exactly what I do in the CuGreen plant lab. I even grow coffee trees.
One more New York City school is going green, thanks to a partnership with New York Sun Works’ The Greenhouse Project, which aims at improving environmental science offerings in urban settings. The group recently completed installing a state-of-the-art hydroponic greenhouse science lab in Harlem’s PS 208, the Alain L. Locke Magnet School for Environmental Stewardship, which celebrated its garden inauguration with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on March 9. Read more...