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How does your garden grow?

Hydroponic greenhouse science lab opens at PS 208, Harlem

How does your garden grow?

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Getting a close-up view are (from left) PTA President Symone Manning, School Leadership Team member Karen Shields and Community Education Council District 3 President Christine Annechino.

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Parent Shekema Young (left) and magnet specialist Tina Wong check out one of the crops.

One more New York City school is going green, thanks to a partnership with New York Sun Works’ The Greenhouse Project, which aims at improving environmental science offerings in urban settings. The group recently completed installing a state-of-the-art hydroponic greenhouse science lab in Harlem’s PS 208, the Alain L. Locke Magnet School for Environmental Stewardship, which celebrated its garden inauguration with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on March 9. Chapter Leader Tammy Musiowsky said that “the kids are really taking ownership of the garden,” as they planted lettuce, kale and other leafy green vegetables. “The greens will be ripe for picking in two months,” she said. UFT District 3 Representative Michael McCourt, who was on hand for the unveiling of the garden on the school’s third floor, said “This project gives kids the opportunity to eat food they grew themselves. They see the direct rewards of their labor, and it can instill a lifelong interest in the environment.” The garden is part of an $11 million federal grant given to eight District 3 magnet schools to help them pursue their varied specializations. PS 208 is battling the Department of Education’s plans to co-locate two of Eva Moskowitz’s Harlem Success Academy schools in its building.

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