Earth Day in School Gardens

On April 22, 2015—Earth Day—Community Park School will celebrate 10 years of its school garden.

Karla Cook, a longtime food journalist, was inspired to lead efforts for school gardens as

an academic tool to connect children to the food on their plates, to each other and to the

world around them. Cook’s work inspired her to co-found the Princeton School Gardens

Cooperative (PSGC), a unique, community-scale non-profit, with Dorothy Mullen, Fran McManus

and Diane Landis Hackett. In addition to funding from PSGC, the Community Park School Garden is supported by

the school district and the school’s PTO. The funding goes for supplies and to pay an

award-winning garden educator Priscilla Hayes, who has been leading gardening and

sustainability efforts since the 1990s. For the celebration, each student will make one “recycled” plastic flower from

yogurt cups, decorate it with colorful cast off fabric and tissue paper, and hang all the flowers on the fence

surrounding the school’s Edible Garden.

(this info from a press release)

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