Garden Program first sprouted in 2003. Our students were studying
plants and there was no outside area at school for them to actually dig
into the ground. What started out initially as a few wooden containers
has evolved over the years into an important learning environment and
wildlife habitat. By giving our students the opportunity to grow produce
from seeds while observing and nurturing them , they can understand the
importance of “farm to table” and have a greater appreciation of where
their food comes from.
garden has also attracted various species of insects and birds which
help children better understand the importance of how ecosystems are
connected. Classroom snacks are composted and recycled back into the
garden and teach students better alternatives to disposing of organic
refuse. As our children grow we hope that PS41’s garden program will
give them important life lessons that they will need for their future.
garden would not have been possible with out the endorsement and
generous support of our administration, teachers and our PTA. We also
are extremely grateful to The National Gardening Association, Organic Valley and OV farmers Susan & Dave Hardy, Chef Michael Anthony of Gramercy Tavern & Union Square Hospitality Group, HSBC, Ames Tru Temper, Smith & Hawken, Scott’s Miracle Grow , Remember Me Rose Garden, Taste The West Village , and The National Wildlife Federation/Eco-Schools for their commitment to children’s education.
For more information about the PS41’s garden program, please contact Vicki Sando at firstname.lastname@example.org
PS41's Garden Program started
with a few wooden planter boxes in 2003. Since then, it has transformed
our inner school yard into a green oasis that has provided an outdoor
classroom, while beautifying the school grounds. At PS 41, we feel it
is imperative that "no child is left inside" and children reconnect with
nature. By getting students outside, growing plants from
seeds, connecting where their food comes from, touching worms, and
digging in the dirt, they will understand and appreciate the natural
world around us. Our children will be inheriting an Earth with serious
ecological issues, so it is necessary that they have the knowledge and
empathy to solve them!
We have been adding natural elements for students to use for creative play.
Our school garden has a
seasonal vegetable/herbs section, fruit trees, native New York plants,
annuals, and perennials. Continued support by our PTA, and corporate
sponsors have made this possible. In 2011, we expanded our garden
program beyond our school grounds by forming a partnership with
Washington Square Park. Working with their gardener, students grew
seedlings over the spring and then planted them around the children's
playground in the park. We look forward to continuing this relationship
and collaborating with other community groups in the future.