Last week, members of the South Brooklyn Children’s Garden (SBCG) and a group of pint-sized helpers spent the weekend laying groundwork for what will soon be a vegetable garden for the community. Once a vacant lot in Brooklyn’s Columbia Water Front District, the new garden will teach kids about gardening, composting, water harvesting and general ecology while also providing an outdoor space for them to call their very own. The verdant plot is scheduled for continued development and planting through 2012 with a grand opening set for 2013.
Despite the tiny hands that worked the land, the finished plans are on a grand scale. Raised planters will house arugula, beets, carrots, radishes, cabbage and several other healthy, hearty options, while large barrels will store both compost and rain-water harvest. The SBCG aims to create a relationship between wholesome plants and healthy foods for neighborhood children, while simultaneously encouraging future advocates for local ecosystems and the environment.
In addition to the garden itself, the SBCG will offer educational programs for both neighborhood children and local schools. Thanks to the efforts of Green Thumb, The Department of Housing, Preservation and Development and Senator Daniel Squadron, area kids will have a chance to get an early education on the relationship between healthy foods and a healthy lifestyle, ecology and sustainability in one of the most urban and industrial locations in America.