Garden

Chair: Cristina Latici-McAvoy
garden@ps3nyc.org

What Is The Garden Committee? 

The Garden Committee offers support to teachers as the children in their classes sow, care for and harvest crops in our Woolly Pockets School Garden or at PS3’s garden plot located at the Urban Farm at the Battery.  Members have opportunities to volunteer in the garden at any time and are asked to consider being a “Parent Partner” to a teacher who is gardening to help plan and organize their planting days.  PS3 is a registered school garden with GrowToLearnNYC and we are eligible to participate in a number of free gardening workshops throughout the school year.

The Garden Committee assists in coordinating events related to the Garden to Café program, which utilizes the produce grown in the Woolly Pockets and at the Battery Farm in our school’s cafeteria.  Via PS3’s unique partnership with the Urban Farm at the Battery, we have fresh, local, organic produce delivered to the cafeteria weekly throughout the fall and spring growing seasons.  The Garden To Café program, in conjunction with the Wellness and Green Committees, hosts two Harvest Day Events, one in the fall and one in the spring, which celebrate and highlight the commitment to helping children learn about agriculture and nutrition while interacting directly with nature.

What’s A Woolly Pocket?

 Woolly Pockets are flexible, breathable, modular gardening containers hung vertically to create a living wall of plants.  Our Woolly Pockets are designed to be used outdoors and are made of 100% recycled plastic bottles that have been industrially felted.  Each pocket is stitched together by hand with a double lock stitch and strong, UV-resistant nylon thread.  Woolly Pockets last for over 10 years if cared for properly.

Woolly Pockets Garden Update

If you would like to receive regular garden updates or would like to volunteer to help care for our garden over the summer, please contact Cristina at garden@ps3nyc.org for further information.