The Sunshine Garden was established in 2008 to nurture science knowledge, teach gardening skills, promote environmental awareness and stewardship, improve agricultural literacy, and encourage healthy eating for all students at PS 107.
The Sunshine Garden employs a variety of planters, Earth Boxes, and seven large handmade raised beds including one in front of the school. We’ve grown an assortment of produce including lettuce, carrots, kale, chard, green beans, okra, garlic, corn, berries, and radishes, as well as herbs such as basil, parsley, mint, and dill.
Four years since its inception, we are proud of what the garden—a green space on otherwise concrete school grounds—has succeeded in doing for our students. The students now have a better understanding of food origins and the value of freshly grown produce, which has led to improved eating at home and in school. The garden has also enhanced the science curriculum for all students with experiential, collaborative, hands-on learning.
- Annie’s Homegrown Garden Grants Program
- Astor Medical Group
- Brooklyn Community Foundation (formerly Independence Community Foundation)
- Captain Planet Foundation
- Grant AeroGrow Growing Kids Award
- GROW-To-Learn of GROW NYC
- Kids Growing Food, New York Agriculture in the Classroom of Cornell University
- Lowe’s Toolbox for Education
- NYC Department of Sanitation
- NYC Green Thumb
- Park Slope Civic Council
- Project Learning Tree Greenworks! Community Action & Service Learning
- PTO Today
- Seed Matters
- Toshiba America Foundation
- Welch’s Harvest Grant
- Whole Kids Foundation
- Youth Garden Grant of the National Gardening Association
In addition to the administrators, teachers, custodians, many parents who have supported the garden, the following merchants, organizations, and individuals have also generously contributed to the garden’s success:
Baker Creek Seed Company, Birds Nest Foundation, Botanical Interests, Brooklyn Botanic Garden GreenBridge and Education Department, Brooklyn Farms, Bryan Quinn of One Nature, Bussaco Restaurant, Colbond, Colorblends, Dan O’Leary Carpentry, Dyke’s Lumber, FEDCO Seeds, Flower House, Foxgloves, Inc., Garden of Union, Gateway Greenhouse Education Center, GROW NYC, Hydrofarm, Leopoldi’s Hardware Store, Liberty Sunset Garden Center, Operation Green Plant of the America the Beautiful Fund, Rose Red & Lavendar, Seed Savers Exchange, Shannon Nursery & Florist, Silver Heights Farm, Stokes Seeds, Tarzian True Value Hardware, NYC GreenThumb
The PS 107 Sunshine Garden was honored with a two-page spread as a featured school garden in Michelle Obama’s book, American Grown. (If you purchase the book through the Amazon link on the right, some of the proceeds will be donated back to PS 107!)
As part of the promotion for her book, Mrs. Obama invited students from PS 107 to plant seeds with her on Good Morning America! Click to watch the video.
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