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The SFNYC sponsored Harvest Time Edible Schoolyard at Juan Morel Campos School and the student garden at Automotive High School in Williamsburg, Brooklyn got a helping hand from Slow Food Upper Delaware Valley founding member, Trina Pilonero of Silver Heights Farm in Cochecton Center, N.Y.
The Campos Edible Schoolyard, started by SF members and teachers Meghan Milewski and Christine Zappella, is a fall start-up and needed hearty plantings to harvest before the frost sets. And the Automotive High School garden, started by teacher and member Jenny Kessler, having produced through the summer, also was ready for fall crop plantings.
Trina is a regular at the Union Square Greenmarket on Wednesday and Saturday where she offers her certified organic, open pollinated, unusual and heirloom planting vegetables, including RAFT and Ark of Taste varieties. (Visit www.slowfoodusa.org to find out more about saving endangered foods through the RAFT and Ark programs.)
The writer and Yuri Asano, Harvest Time program leader, while visiting with Trina at Greenmarket, mentioned the urban fall farming challenge. (Our growing season does not coincide with the school year schedule.) Trina offered the solution…she donated cool weather plantings, including varieties of lettuces and frost-resistant kale, to the Williamsburg school gardens.
We thank Trina for her generous donation to the Williamsburg school gardens. Cooperation between regional rural and urban Slow Food chapters is one of the great strengths of Slow Food. Members in the City, taking on the challenges of urban food deserts, like East Harlem, Central Brooklyn, and the South Bronx, with the assistance of a member/producer in our regional food shed, are helping to create and sustain a local good, clean, and fair food system. And we in the City can reciprocate by seeking regional growers’ produce at our local farmers markets and at the “brick-and-mortar” food markets that carry local produce.