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Brooklyn’s Old Stone House Teaches Students Permaculture, Urban Farming, & Local History
Posted By Lori Zimmer On April 23, 2012 @ 2:51 pm In Brooklyn,Sustainability Initiatives,Urban Farming | No Comments
The Old Stone House, originally built in 1699, was part of the Battle of Brooklyn and was reconstructed in the 1930s by Robert Moses to serve as a tribute to colonial life. Today, the house functions as a museum and hub for the neighborhood Washington Park .
The grounds surrounding the Old Stone House and adjacent school have been transformed by Claudia Joseph and Kim Maier into a wonderland of colonial life and edible gardens. Since the park grounds have been developed and leveled over the years, the soil was rendered infertile. With funds raised through ioby , the organization built rat-proof compost bins which yield enough compost  to fertilize the vast gardens. The local coffee shop Café Martin  regularly donates disused coffee grounds to ensure a nutrient rich compost for growing crops.
Maier and Joseph have also enlisted local students  to help cultivate the compost and work in the gardens. A permaculture course was created in a nearby middle school, which offers students classes in farming, seed planting, composting, and cooking. Through these courses, the Old Stone House is giving young people the tools to create a foundation for a healthy lifestyle. By working directly with healthful produce and plants, getting their hands dirty with compost, and experiencing the fruits of their labor, the students create a life long bond with the importance of farming, fresh food, and preserving the environment.
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 edible garden: http://inhabitat.com/nyc/terreform-proposes-covering-nyc-with-vertical-gardens-urban-farms-to-become-self-sufficient/
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 compost: http://inhabitat.com/nyc/benjamin-jones-bicycle-composter-lets-brooklyners-pedal-their-way-to-a-healthier-garden/
 Café Martin: http://www.facebook.com/cafemartinbk
 enlisted local students: http://inhabitat.com/nyc/bushwick-campus-farm-is-an-outdoor-classroom-food-justice-program-for-four-brooklyn-high-schools/
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