In an initiative to create a community among teachers as well as foster potential programs for further development, Slow Food NYC and North Brooklyn Farms (NBF) partnered to host a Teacher’s BBQ on a recent summer night at NBF’s farm in South Williamsburg. In the shadow of the Domino Sugar Factory, amidst flourishing growth on their new farm, the farmers and teachers gathered to enjoy fresh food and drinks. There was spirited discussion sharing successes, struggles, and brainstorm potential resources the farmers could provide to help them develop or expand their garden programs. SFNYC and NBF are committed to creating a space for growth among teachers and the tools necessary to enhance their programming. The added takeaway was a synergy among a community dedicated to creating a unique, positive learning experience for students.
The Urban Harvest program at Slow Food NYC supports hands-on educational programs that give children a comprehensive understanding of what good food is: where it comes from; how it is produced; how it is distributed; how healthy it is for them; and, of course, how good it tastes. Urban harvest coordinators work with teachers in 17 schools throughout New York City supporting their efforts to grow their good food education curriculums and garden programs in and outside of the classrooms. For many of these teachers, building and integrating these programs into their student’s lives are a labor of love, as they are often going above and beyond to create these unique educational experiences for the children. SFNYC wants to support these impassioned educators in every way to initiate and expand their resources and their communities... celebrating them and what they are trying to achieve for their students.