HOW WOULD YOU USE THIS GRANT TO HELP YOUR COMMUNITY?
In an urban community where agriculture is severely limited, the rooftop garden that will soon exist atop the I.S. 10 Horace Greeley building will finally offer a kinesthetic means for educating students about sustainable growing practices. Living in Astoria, Queens may offer unlimited access to a unique cultural experience, however, many of our students have never seen a farm, do not have access to a garden, and unless they frequent Astoria Park, barely see any greenery whatsoever on a daily basis. The goal of the Greeley Garden committee is to therefore create a rooftop garden that will educate students about organic culture and sustainability. Students will finally have the access to tangibly understand where food comes from, and not only the benefits, but also the practicality of sustainable agriculture. This grant would be used to make the purchases necessary to educate the school community about horticulture, composting, hydroponics, and feeling proud about sustainability.