PUSH and Public School 30 Bring Gardening Indoors

Two years ago, PUSH transformed a vacant lot into an outdoor, student run garden for the children at School 30. The once neglected space is now full of vegetable and flower beds, green grass, picnic tables, and edible landscaping. Over the last two years, Kira Mioducki, a science teacher at School 30, and other instructors have involved hundreds of students in activities at the garden. Everyday, students learn about ecology and plant science while getting their hands dirty planting, weeding, watering, and harvesting the garden�s edible produce. This winter, the students decided to move the garden into their classroom using a new agriculture trend known as vertical growing units. These units allow an enormous amount of produce to be grown in just a few square feet of floor space. With a generous grant from the East Hill Foundation, PUSH was able to purchase a Mobile Edible Wall Unit from Green Living Technologies. On a bitter, cold January day the students of School 30 transformed a corner of their classroom into a lush, mini-farm full of basil, cilantro and parsley crops. Over the next few months, the students will tend to and harvest the herbs with the hope of selling them to fund future projects. Urban agriculture is a growing trend in, here, in Buffalo. Growing food where we live is an important part of the solution to the problem we all face. From the environmental benefits of not shipping our food hundreds or thousands of miles away, to better access to healthy food in our own neighborhoods, PUSH strongly believes in helping our neighborhoods become more sustainable and self sufficient!