Building Our Sustainable Community

  • Location
    Yonkers, New York
  • Status
  • Age Level
    14 to 18 Years

The Problem

There are many students and their families who cannot afford fresh, healthy food. There are also many people in our school neighborhood who would benefit from free, fresh, healthy foods. We want to help reduce the issue of affordable healthy food for families.

Our Plan

We want to host a "Harvest Fest" each year and be able to celebrate and share the food from the school garden with our school community and neighbors. This will be an opportunity to educate others on the sustainable practices we are using at the school and build connections with our community to support one another.

Themes Addressed

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    Community Enhancement
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    Poverty & Equity

The Benefit

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Here is how the project went:

Students are super excited for the garden season. We were able to start project planning for the spring and fall. Students are completing demo projects and are putting together workshop plans to host in the community throughout the year. Students are working on projects addressing how plants improve the classroom environment, building bug houses and the importance of garden bugs, water usage and waste in the garden and are creating a website of resources to share with our community.

Through this project I/we learned:

The importance of planning ahead, how great collaboration can be especially when you’re in a tight spot.

What I/we might change:

The number of projects that we focus on to make sure we can dedicate enough time to planning and gathering resources for each.

My/our favorite part of this project was:

Collaborating and having students share out their goals and plans for productive feedback from their classmates.

Some tips, tricks or fun facts about the project:

If you’re working with students, give them choice for the projects, they are more dedicated when they can choose and are interested in their work.

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