New York – Brooklyn High School to Sow Own Urban farm, For Fresh Food


    File photoNew York – Students at one Brooklyn high school won’t learn about farming from textbooks in the near future.

    They’ll learn directly from the soil.

    Students at the High School for Public Service in East Flatbush plan to break ground in April on a 10,000-square-foot vegetable farm on their campus’ front lawn. The first crop of vegetables could be harvested in June.

    Principal Ben Shuldiner says the goal is to teach the skills and science behind farming. Fresh produce will also be offered to the community.

    Senior Elliot Bowman says it’s difficult to find fresh produce in the neighborhood.

    Urban farming collective BK Farmyards will design and operate the farm, which is expected to cover the school’s entire 1-acre yard in four years.

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    1. Nothing new here. I went to John Bowne H.S. (main st, Flushing) We drove tractors, picked corn, grew carrots, raised chickens, candled and sorted eggs, etc. All on campus.

    2. Wow – imagine if yeshivos did that – what a learning opportunity. All the halachos of shabbos, kilayim, leket, shich’cha, etc. coming to life! (not to mention delicious, local food to boot!) kol hakavod


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