June 21, 2013


A lot of progress this week with FOOD at two of our Seward Campus locations. We're organizing our maps,  lists of gardens, Garden to Cafe sites, and summer meal locations and we're working on our schedule.

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New Design: 5 students were accepted into our Summer Design Institute where we'll create designs of food producing gardens, hold events to re-imagine the city as a place to grow food, and work through obstacles to get this food into Summer Meals, free to kids and teens.

LOMA: Julie and a team of teenagers at LOMA in the Seward Park Campus, Manhattan volunteer after school on Thursdays. They'd like more garden areas inside the classroom where they can grow food. The roof may be under construction (again) and they may all need to move their plants growing up there.

We looked at this window. They need to go vertical for two reasons: to fit full grown plants they need the space, and they need the plants to filter the sunlight.

 Now they use this paper on the window below to filter the light or else they can't see the whiteboard. The window faces south. Plants will grow all the way to producing a harvest in this south facing light. But we have to go up. We'll also draw up some designs for using the lizard terrarium on the left to grow food and get an ecosystem going. They returned the lizard to the pet store because they didn't want to keep buying crickets.

 The green worm bin below is filled with eisenia fetida, red worms. The castings, or waste, they make from eating food waste is used by the after school kids to feed the plants.

We'll use what we learned from this hydroponic food garden set up (below) we built for David at New Design. SchoolFood staff gave advice on good food to grow for the cafeteria. Instead of a wide set up on the front desk with fluorescent light like we built for New Design then, we'll be using natural light and going vertical for the LOMA garden now.