A letter from the principal of the Earth School

June 29, 2011

Dear Slow Food NYC,
I am writing in support of the "Harvest Time" (Urban Harvest in Schools) edibles garden and the other nutrition and good foods programming that Slow Food NYC helps to fund at The Earth School. Our container garden is well-used and well-loved. All of our students from Pre-K to Fifth Grade have regular opportunities to tend to the garden and use its produce in our cooking classes and in the school cafeteria. The children barter and sell fruits, vegetables, and herbs during the annual Fall Fair and will also do so in our new whole school Farmer's Market in June. I love to see children enjoying healthy, whole foods and learning about agriculture and sustainable living. We have also recently implemented a Master Gardener Internship in our extended day program where more advanced students get to be in charge of long term planning and management of the garden. Without Slow Foods' support, we would not be able to provide such in depth gardening and food experiences to our students which I view as an invaluable part of our curriculum and mission. On behalf of our entire community, I extend thanks to the generosity of the Slow Food community for making this rich work possible.

Sincerely,

Alison Hazut
Principal, The Earth School

Related Programs:  Urban Harvest