School Garden Sows Community Seeds
From AP Luke's Community Newsletter
On Saturday, October 24, UAGC held our first Open Garden Event with support from our school partners Jacob's Pickles/Jacob's Pickles Digs NY and The Insurgo Project. The event, designed to introduce UAGC, still young at seven years old, more prominently to our neighbors within the Upper West Side as NYC's premier sustainability-themed technical science school, furthered us towards our commitment to opening our exclusive school garden up for regular public access and enjoyment.
Eight teachers, joined by Principal Kerry Decker, Assistant Principal Luke Janka and 15 UAGC students, 9th - 12th grade, operated demonstrations, information stations and activities for the curious families, neighbors and passersby who stop in, to talk, listen and learn about our unique instructional values and learning model, and our technical science offerings.
Restaurateur Jacob Hadjigeorgis, who catered the event with a variety of pickles, biscuits and fixins, deviled eggs and lemonade, and his Executive Chef Glenroy Brown, were on hand to provide students with on-the-spot guidance in presenting, plating and serving these snacks to event guests.
Other notable guests included Manhattan Borough President, Gale Brewer, Peter Wright, President of Friends of Roosevelt Park, and Shannon Curran, Network Director for The Urban Assembly.
The event, well-trafficked by the community, not only confirmed for us the interest in opening our garden's gates more regularly, but planted the seeds for several potential student enterprises--like developing a student-managed Community-Supported Agriculture farm stand during the summer and early fall where neighbors can buy shares of student-grown produce, flowers and herbs.