Growing Produce in Brooklyn Schools

Borough President Adams taking a bite out of swiss chard grown at the hydroponic farm at PS-56 (photo by Kelly Mena via Kings County Politics)

P.S. 56 Lewis H. Latimer and Urban Assembly Unison School in Clinton Hill, co-located elementary and middle schools respectively, will be getting a “state-of-the-art greenhouse” with a growing capacity of 25,000 pounds of produce annually, reports Kelly Mena in Kings County Politics.

The greenhouse is getting funding from Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams’ capital budget. On Nov. 28, Adams announced the project with City Council member Laurie Cumbo (D-Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, Prospect Heights, Crown Heights) at his side. The project is part of Adams’ efforts to support urban farming and promote healthy eating.

“In order to change the health outcomes our young people are facing and that we don’t make the same mistakes of the past we must unlearn what we learned. This starts with our youngest Brooklynites, the future of this borough. It is an injustice when our children are eating food that is not going to contribute to them understanding difficult and complex environments they are a part of. There is no reason that in affluent communities you have Whole Foods and in other communities you have junk food,” said Adams.

The borough president plans to expand the initiative to other schools, and a few schools have already begun growing swiss chard, lettuce and other produce hydroponically in their classrooms.

Is the effort succeeding in getting kids to eat more veggies? Go to Kings County Politics to find out what one student had to say about tomatoes.

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