At PS 139, we feel it’s fundamental for our students to engage and explore the natural world. Our school garden is a place that students, teachers, and families alike are welcome to experience this world through gardening activities, art, literature, and science. Our Global Garden grows vegetables and herbs from the countries of our students and is a place for learning about healthy eating habits. Our garden is a registered Grow to Learn NYC garden and we participate in the NYC Garden to Café program; a day of harvest celebration and of tasting fresh, healthy samples in our cafeteria for all students.
For the school year 2017-2018, we are partnered with Nature Based, a Brooklyn organization specializing in garden enrichment education. A garden educator provides weekly garden enrichment programming for grades K – 1 for the year and Pre-K programming in the spring of 2018. Also in the spring of 2018, fifth grade students will work with Nature Based to learn of environmental sustainability.
A Place for Hands-on Learning
The schools enclosed garden along Cortelyou Road and Rugby Road has raised planters for growing edibles, a butterfly garden/pollinator habitat, beds for Science Club experiments, a Dig Pit, wildflower and grass gardens, and an outdoor classroom. Coming in spring 2018, the garden will also feature a school-wide art project to complement the theme of butterflies and pollinators. We are working towards creating a compost area in order to begin a school-wide composting program.
The garden is open for all teachers to use throughout the school year. Teachers are welcome to schedule a time to come in, explore, and to hold classes in the space ranging from science, to art and drawing, to reading. The Garden is not just a place for gardening, but can serve as an inspiration in so many fields that our students are learning.
The Garden Committee, a group comprised of teachers and parent volunteers, works in partnership with the school administration and Nature Based to organize after-school and weekend events, encourage all teachers to utilize the space, maintain the garden, and secure funding for the garden through grants and fundraisers.
A teacher or parent of a 139 student is welcome to join the Garden Committee. No garden experience is necessary—just an enthusiasm to dig in the dirt with students! Please contact the Garden Chair, Colleen Graves at firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire.