Chickens have come to roost at P.S. 216’s Edible Schoolyard thanks to a new coop. The green elementary school classroom was already home to a plotted farm and greenhouse + kitchen, and now its flock of fine-feathered friends will help educate children about the life cycle of food. The school plans to use the fowl to teach students the importance of sustainable food.

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This latest edition comes to the Eddible Schoolyard NYC (ESYNYC) courtesy of designers Just Food. The coop has already become home to a number of hens and chicks. Chickpea, Minnie, Scootaboo, Superwoman, and Momo (named after Momofuku, which is a major partner of the ESYNYC) are just a few of the feathered residents.

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In addition to cuddling them, students will also be able to feed and care for the chickens as part of their gardening duties. One thing these chickens will never be a part of is a school lunch, but students will learn to cook with their fresh eggs. The ESYNYC is already an experimental classroom teaching pupils with a seed-to-table garden, and now the chickens will add one more to element by bringing in live animals to the equation.

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