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Jennifer Hattam

Jennifer Hattam
Design / Urban Design
September 6, 2012

Edible Schoolyard New York City

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edible schoolyard new york city

credit: Raymond Adams, courtesy WORKac

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One of the granddaddies of the urban-intervention trend, the Edible Schoolyard concept -- an organic garden wholly integrated into a school’s curriculum and food program -- was initiated by renowned chef Alice Waters at a Berkeley, California, middle school in 1995 and has since spread around the country.

This iteration at P.S. 216 in Brooklyn, designed by WORKac, was the first on the East Coast and "includes a Kitchen Classroom where students can prepare and eat meals together, a greenhouse roof that creates growing space in the winter and retracts in the summer, water reclamation, and composting" -- all components "interlinked to form an off-grid, self-sustaining system."

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