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)